Lo spazio della lettura. Riflessioni sociologiche sulla biblioteca pubblica e l’immaginario - Michela Donatelli - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Studi di Sociologia Vita e Pensiero

Lo spazio della lettura. Riflessioni sociologiche sulla biblioteca pubblica e l’immaginario

newdigital Lo spazio della lettura.
Riflessioni sociologiche sulla biblioteca pubblica e l’immaginario
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journal STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA
issue STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2022 - 2
title Lo spazio della lettura. Riflessioni sociologiche sulla biblioteca pubblica e l’immaginario
The Space of Reading. Sociological Reflections on the Public Library and the Imaginary
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Publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 05-2022
doi 10.26350/000309_000140
issn 0039-291X (print) | 1827-7896 (digital)
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This paper seeks to analyse the space of reading by specifically targeting an adequate environment: the public library. Here, reading can be grasped in its social dimension and its multiform nature. Given that reading can be understood within the context of the public library, the very act of reading can be considered a decoding exercise within the library itself. This article explains some interpretative approaches that regard the public library as a dense  space by connecting heuristic possibilities offered through sociological knowledge and through the lens of the social imaginary. Moving from sociological implications of the public library and the awareness that the imaginary  reconfigures and synthesizes relationships and meanings between physical and literary spaces, the research will analyze the visible and invisible aspects of the field in which the library can be subject to social representation, while  still keeping its active character of producing meaning through literary spaces as well as through the exhibition and the organization of the library’s collections.

keywords

Public library, Imaginary, Reading

Author biography

Università degli Studi di Roma Tre. Email: michela.donatelli@uniroma3.it