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Streetonomics

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Quantifying a society’s value system is important because it suggests what people deeply care about—it reflects who they actually are and, more importantly, who they will like to be. This cultural quantification has been typically done by studying literary production. However, a society’s value system might well be implicitly quantified based on the decisions that people took in the past and that were mediated by what they care about. It turns out that one class of these decisions is visible in ordinary settings: it is visible in street names. We studied the names of 4,932 honorific streets in the cities of Paris, Vienna, London and New York. We chose these four cities because they were important centers of cultural influence for the Western world in the 20th century. We found that street names greatly reflect the extent to which a society is gender biased, which professions are considered elite ones, and the extent to which a city is influenced by the rest of the world. This way of quantifying a society’s value system promises to inform new methodologies in Digital Humanities; makes it possible for municipalities to reflect on their past to inform their future; and informs the design of everyday’s educational tools that promote historical awareness in a playful way.

References

TitleStreetonomics
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletThe Times radio
Media typeRadio
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date15/07/2021
DescriptionRadio interview
URLhttps://researchswinger.org/others/streetonomics_timesradio.m4a
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
Title'Streetonomics': What our addresses say about us
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletBBC Future
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date13/07/2021
DescriptionFrom unseen gender bias to hidden historical patterns, you can tell a lot about where you live by looking at the names of the streets.
URLhttps://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210712-streetonomics-what-our-addresses-say-about-us
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleStreetonomics, i segreti del nome delle vie
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletFortune Italy
Media typeWeb
CountryItaly
Date07/07/2021
DescriptionDopo genomica, proteomica e le tante altre “omiche” che ormai pervadono il presente e soprattutto il futuro della scienza, ora arriva un nuovo termine che rivela quanto e come sociale, cultura, storia e differenze di genere impattino su una determinata popolazione. Al momento, non esiste ancora una traduzione italiana efficace per spiegare il neologismo “streetonomics”.
URLhttps://www.fortuneita.com/2021/07/07/streetonomics-i-segreti-del-nome-delle-vie/
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleToppling Statues, Naming Streets: Cultural Artifacts
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletAmerican Council on Science and Health
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date05/07/2021
DescriptionStatues, memorials, and street names all commemorate our chosen cultural history. Street names, in particular, because their cost is less than a commissioned statue or memorial, making renaming easier may “mirror a city’s social, cultural, political, and even religious values.” New research on “streetonomics” may provide insight.
URLhttps://www.acsh.org/news/2021/07/05/toppling-statues-naming-streets-cultural-artifacts-15644
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleHow streets in New York, London, Paris, and Vienna got their names, according to ‘streetonomics’
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletFastCompany
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date02/07/2021
DescriptionWhat’s in a road name? According to researchers, it’s imbued with a city’s cultural values.
URLhttps://www.fastcompany.com/90652762/how-streets-in-new-york-london-paris-and-vienna-got-their-names-according-to-streetonomics
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleStreetonomics: Using Street Names To Quantify A City’s Cultural Values
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletEurasia View
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date02/07/2021
DescriptionA city’s street names can provide a glimpse into its cultural value system and a way to quantify cultural indicators, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE
URLhttps://www.eurasiareview.com/02072021-streetonomics-using-street-names-to-quantify-a-citys-cultural-values/
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleL'âme d'une ville peut-elle se lire dans les noms de ses rues ?
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletLe Figaro
Media typeWeb
CountryFrance
Date01/07/2021
DescriptionEn analysant les noms de rue honorant des individus à Paris, Vienne, Londres et New York, des chercheurs tentent d'esquisser le portrait culturel de ces quatre villes.
URLhttps://www.lefigaro.fr/sciences/l-ame-d-une-ville-peut-elle-se-lire-dans-les-noms-de-ses-rues-20210701
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleWas Straßennamen über Städte erzählen
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletOrf
Media typeWeb
CountryGermany
Date01/07/2021
DescriptionParis, London, New York und Wien – die Straßennamen dieser vier Metropolen hat ein aktuelles Forschungsprojekt unter die Lupe genommen. Einige auffällige Details: Im vergangenen Jahrzehnt wurden in Wien besonders viele Straßen nach Frauen benannt. Auch die Monarchie und der Wiederaufbau nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg haben Spuren hinterlassen.
URLhttps://science.orf.at/stories/3207426/
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleIf you look at the street name, you can see the culture of the country
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletseoul.co.kr
Media typeWeb
CountryKorea, Democratic People's Republic of
Date01/07/2021
DescriptionInvestigation of the influence of humans and society on street names 'Street Economics'. The place with the most female names on the street is Vienna… In Paris, only 4%. In New York, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the names of firefighters and victims were mainly used.
URLhttps://www.seoul.co.kr/news/newsView.php?id=20210701023001
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleStreet names show why great cities are worlds apart
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletThe Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date01/07/2021
DescriptionRoam the streets of Paris, from Rue Paul Cezanne to Boulevard Voltaire, and you get a sense of national pride based on great artists and thinkers. Roam London, from King George Street to Wellington Street via Montgomery Street, and you get a sense of national pride based on royals and successful generals. Unless you go to Vienna, you are unlikely to find foreigners honoured anywhere with their own road.
URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/street-names-show-why-great-cities-are-worlds-apart-x06lbdwgj
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleEl machismo está en las calles
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletTodo Noticia
Media typeWeb
CountryChile
Date30/06/2021
DescriptionCasi no hay calles con nombres de mujeres. Un estudio de miles de caminos, avenidas, caminos o callejones muestra que por cada uno dedicado a personajes femeninos, hay diez personajes masculinos. Además, las calles que rinden homenaje a las mujeres tienden a concentrarse en barrios periféricos, alejados de los centros urbanos. Este sesgo de género también se reproduce en grandes ciudades como París, Londres o Nueva York. Para los autores, nombrar las calles no es inocente y perpetúa la invisibilidad de la mitad de la población.
URLhttps://www.todonoticia.cl/2021/06/30/el-machismo-esta-en-las-calles-ciencia/
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleGender Bias Lingers in Street Names of Global Cultural Centers
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletCourthouse News Service
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date30/06/2021
DescriptionA team of researchers from the U.S. and U.K. analyzed streets named after people in New York, Vienna, Paris and London. They found gender bias, even in our most culturally aware cities.
URLhttps://www.courthousenews.com/gender-bias-lingers-in-street-names-of-global-cultural-centers/
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleWil je de aard van een stad weten? Kijk dan naar de straatnamen
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletTrouw
Media typeWeb
CountryNetherlands
Date30/06/2021
DescriptionParijs mag dan het imago hebben van een ruimdenkende, progressieve stad, zijn straatnamen laten een ander karakter zien. Van de Parijse straten die zijn vernoemd naar historische figuren draagt slechts 4 procent de naam van een vrouw. En daar hebben vrouwenorganisaties nog hard voor moeten vechten, want veertig jaar geleden was het minder dan 1 procent. Een contrast met een stad als Wenen, dat eerder als traditioneel wordt afgeschilderd: daar is meer dan de helft van de ‘historische’ straten vernoemd naar een vrouw.
URLhttps://www.trouw.nl/wetenschap/wil-je-de-aard-van-een-stad-weten-kijk-dan-naar-de-straatnamen~b98f11cd/
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleA city’s street names reveal its cultural values, new research shows
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletPsych News Daily
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date30/06/2021
DescriptionA city’s street names can provide a glimpse into its cultural values, according to a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE. Ever since street names have existed, they have been used as a form of social engineering, mirroring a town or city’s social, cultural, political, and religious values.
URLhttps://www.psychnewsdaily.com/a-citys-street-names-reveal-its-cultural-values-new-research-shows/
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleStreetonomics: using street names to quantify a city's cultural values
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletEurekAlert!
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date30/06/2021
DescriptionA city's street names can provide a glimpse into its cultural value system and a way to quantify cultural indicators, according to a study published June 30, 2021 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.
URLhttps://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/575504
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleEl machismo está en las calles
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletEl Pais
Media typeWeb
CountrySpain
Date30/06/2021
DescriptionPor cada vía del callejero español con nombre de mujer hay diez dedicadas a los hombres
URLhttps://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-06-30/el-machismo-esta-en-las-calles.html
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
TitleStreetonomics: using street names to quantify a city’s cultural values
Degree of recognitionLocal
Media name/outletAmazing 4 you
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date30/06/2021
DescriptionA city’s street names can provide a glimpse into its cultural value system and a way to quantify cultural indicators, according to a study published June 30, 2021 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.
URLhttps://amazing4you.de/streetonomics-using-street-names-to-quantify-a-citys-cultural-values
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello

Description

Quantifying a society’s value system is important because it suggests what people deeply care about—it reflects who they actually are and, more importantly, who they will like to be. This cultural quantification has been typically done by studying literary production. However, a society’s value system might well be implicitly quantified based on the decisions that people took in the past and that were mediated by what they care about. It turns out that one class of these decisions is visible in ordinary settings: it is visible in street names. We studied the names of 4,932 honorific streets in the cities of Paris, Vienna, London and New York. We chose these four cities because they were important centers of cultural influence for the Western world in the 20th century. We found that street names greatly reflect the extent to which a society is gender biased, which professions are considered elite ones, and the extent to which a city is influenced by the rest of the world. This way of quantifying a society’s value system promises to inform new methodologies in Digital Humanities; makes it possible for municipalities to reflect on their past to inform their future; and informs the design of everyday’s educational tools that promote historical awareness in a playful way.

Period30 Jun 2021 → 15 Jul 2021

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