Lisbon’s changing narratives: from traditional neighborhoods to a multicultural cityscape
The Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies , the Study Abroad Office , and College Lectures at Rhode Island College
Estados Unidos da América
Throughout the twentieth century, Lisbon’s popular imagery remained a distinctive feature of its identity as a result of a combination of environmental, socioeconomic, cultural and, above all, political factors that produced a powerful narrative about the city's past. The storytelling was organized around a symbolic system of representations rooted in certain territories, local sociability & festivities and musical performance. In the last few decades, economic, demographic, socio-cultural and political changes have shaken the strength of this traditionalist view of Lisbon. The city’sdiversity has changed significantly with an increase in international immigration and, especially, tourism. A multicultural and cosmopolitan cityscape now emerges - even from the inside of some of the most traditional neighborhoods, like Mouraria or Alfama - dramatically changing its population and landscape.
Lisbon,heritage,urban imagery,tourism,multiculturality,urban culture