Series 14 Vol 1 No 1 (2018)

Ripensare il margine urbano. L’azione collettiva di El Mourouj 2 (Tunisi)

Carlo Perelli
Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italia
Giovanni Sistu
Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e delle Istituzioni, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italia

Published 2018-11-29


  • urban geography,
  • social movements,
  • Tunisia,
  • urban margin

How to Cite

Perelli, C., & Sistu, G. (2018). Ripensare il margine urbano. L’azione collettiva di El Mourouj 2 (Tunisi). Bollettino Della Società Geografica Italiana, 1(1), 143-153.


The paper analyses territorialization practices in Mourouj 2 district (Tunis) by focusing on Mourouj 2 Neighborhood Association’ activities during last decades. The case raises relevant issues regarding theoretical reflection on centre-margin paradigm in urban spaces and particularly in the Great Tunis area such as: margin social construction; resistance practices to spatial exclusion processes; conflicts over re-production of economic, political and social disadvantage; environmental and life quality link with spatial justice. In Mourouj 2 district key actors’ practices emerges as a common ground for community dialogue and conflicts with institutions and other informal powers over the right to the city. A nucleus of active citizenship emerges as a national precedent for urban space re-appropriation, from closure and conversion of Great Tunis landfill into an urban park in the nineties to wetlands and urban parks protection, community services and local development activities.