Have you ever tried to listen (really) to the sound of squares, markets, bus and tram stops? Appreciate, learn to know and enter the sound of the places we go through all and all could be the basis of a new form of anti-racism, in step with the post-Covid world 19. The current linguistic variance, combined with the historical and cultural knowledge of the places we live in can educate the younger generations to think intercultural and anti-racism.

This is the thesis of the last book by Mariangela Giusti, from Tuscany, professor of intercultural pedagogy at the University of Milan Bicocca, just released for editions tab (Rome) and entitled The identity of the places. For an intercultural and anti-racist education.

The text was born at the end of a research training course and is aimed first of all at trainers, teachers, teachers and educators who have to deal with the younger generations, more often attracted to the smartphone screen than to the places where they live, almost environments always full of individual and community history, spaces that can become places of a new civism.


The aim is to demonstrate that the construction of identity and an education aimed at anti-racism can also be born thanks to an immersion in the culture of the territory and a reasoning on identity, one's own and that of others. As the author states in the text: "To offer students an education based on interculture and anti-racism means being able to use all the opportunities, during class hours in the classroom and in the informal moments of educational outings and extracurricular, to get them used to paying attention to people's lives. "

The book opens with a reflection on the multilingualism that populates most of the places we live, starting from a series of ethnographic narratives collected mainly in Lombardy, Piedmont and Emilia Romagna; to then focus on the analysis of a case study, with the interview with Valeria Gherardi del Testa, which tells the story, the identity and evolution of villa Gherardi del Testa in terricciola, in the Pisan region in Tuscany. Private building, but at the same time identity for an entire community. Place seen and told as an example of stratification of ancient and recent stories, the knowledge of which - as well as those of the places of everyone's life - can contribute to strengthening the opening towards an intercultural and anti-racist thought.

The book closes with thirteen teaching cards, designed to support teachers in proposing activities in the various orders and grades of school, towards identity and intercultural education.

Bio author
Mariangela Giusti, tuscany
, is associate professor of pedagogy at the University of Milan-Bicocca. Since the 90s she was among the first in Italy to deal with intercultural pedagogy. His works are in the catalogs of Laterza, Utet, Rizzoli Etas, Giunti, FrancoAngeli, Guerini. His book Intercultural education in school (first edition 1995) was republished in 2020 and is considered a long seller of pedagogy, celebrating its first 25 years today.

The identity of the places. For an intercultural and anti-racist education
Mariangela Giusti
editions tab, Rome - “Abecedario - Pedagogical ideas in movement” series
164 pages - 26 eur