Cultures of the City: Mediating Identities in Urban Latin/o America

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Cultures of the City explores the cultural mediation of relationships between people and urban spaces in Latin/o America and how these mediations shape the identities of cities and their residents.

Addressing a broad spectrum of phenomena and disciplinary approaches, the contributors to this volume analyze lived urban experiences and their symbolic representation in cultural texts. Individual chapters explore Havana in popular music; Mexico City in art; Buenos Aires, Recife, and Salvador in film; and Asuncion and Buenos Aires in literature. Others focus on particular events, conditions, and practices of urban life including the Havana book fair, mass transit in Bogotá, the restaurant industry in Los Angeles, the media in Detroit, Andean festivals in Lima, and the photographic record of a visit by members of the Zapatista Liberation Army to Mexico City.

    The contributors examine identity and the sense of place and belonging that connect people to urban environments, relating these to considerations of ethnicity, social and economic class, gender, everyday life, and cultural practices. They also consider history and memory and the making of places through the iterative performance of social practices. As such, places are works in progress, a condition that is particularly evident in contemporary Latin/o American cities where the opposition between local and global influences is a prominent facet of daily life.

These core issues are theorized further in an afterword by Abril Trigo, who takes the chapters as a point of departure for a discussion of the dialectics of identity in the Latin/o American global city.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Original and stimulating, Cultures of the City considers very current and often unexpected topics with creativity and rigor. This book fills significant gaps in the field of urban cultural studies as it examines the city from both humanistic and social science perspectives.”
—Marcy E. Schwartz, Rutgers University

“This collection creates a new kind of urban dialogue between the social sciences and the humanities by transgressing the traditional boundaries of what is considered urban or cultural studies within Latin/o America.”
—Setha M. Low, City University of New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822961208
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Pitt Latin American Studies
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Young is professor emeritus of Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Alberta. He is the editor of Popular Culture, Music, Identities and Latin American Postmodernisms, and the author, editor, or translator of numerous other articles and books.

Amanda Holmes is associate professor and department chair of Hispanic studies at McGill University. She is the author of City Fictions: Language, Body, and Spanish American Urban Space.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Introduction: Mediating Urban Identities Richard Young Amanda Holmes 1

Imagining Urban Identities

Havana in the Nueva Trova Repertoire of Gerardo Alfonso Robin Moore 15

Last Snapshots/Take 2: Personal and Collective Shipwrecks in Buenos Aires Geoffrey Kantaris 31

Buenos Aires and the Literary Construction of Urban Space Richard Young 46

Body Art and the Remaking of Mexico City Anny Brooksbank-Jones 59

Urban Identities and Cultures on the Periphery

Feasting on Latina/o Labor in Multicultural Los Angeles Rodolfo D. Torres Juan R. Buriel 75

Mediating the Public Sphere in Latina/o Detroit: Heart and Margin of an Embattled Metropolis Catherine L. Benamou 88

Textual Revisions of Identity: Nostalgia and Modernity in Asunción Amanda Holmes 105

Northeastern Images: Recife and Salvador in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema Angela Prysthon 120

Performance and the Ritualization of Urban Identities

Performing Citizenship: Migration, Andean Festivals, and Public Spaces in Lima Gisela Cánepa 135

The TransMilenio Experience: Mass Transit in Bogotá and National Urban Identity Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste 151

The Feria del Libro and the Ritualization of Cultural Belonging in Havana Antoni Kapcia Par Kumaraswami 167

Zapatistas in Mexico City and the Performance of Ethnic Citizenship Andrea Noble 183

Afterword: The Dialectics of Identity in the Latin/o American Global City Abril Trigo 199

Notes 217

References 231

List of Contributors 249

Index 253

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