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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.
|Publisher:||University of Pittsburgh Press|
|Series:||Pitt Latin American Series|
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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
List of Contributors 249