Michele Lancione is Professor of Economic and Political Geography at the Polytechnic University of Turin and coeditor of
The chapter opens the second part of the book, where the conceptual grammar laid out in the first is made to work across the cases of Italy and translocal Atlantic geographies. The housing question in Italy is presented to ground the discussion around the violences of the Italian home. The latter are illustrated by focusing on two fundamental processes of expulsion and extraction: patriarchy and racial capitalism.
Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the Italian city of Turin, the chapter is an ethnography of homelessness and its biopolitical construction in the city. It presents narratives around the construction and management of the homeless poor by faith-based and secular institutions in the city and discusses asylum seekers’ cases. The chapter shows how the functions of expulsion and extraction are not only foundational of home but also the geographies populating its other.