Clara Iraz??bal and her contributors explore the urban history of some of Latin America's great cities through studies of their public spaces and what has taken place there. The avenues and plazas of Mexico City, Havana, Santo Domingo, Caracas, Bogota??, Sa??o Paulo, Lima, Santiago, and Buenos Aires have been the backdrop for extraordinary, history-making events. While some argue that public spaces are a prerequisite for the expression, representation and reinforcement of democracy, they can equally be used in the pursuit of totalitarianism. Indeed, public spaces, in both the past and present, have been the site for the contestation by ordinary people of various stances on democracy and citizenship. By exploring the use and meaning of public spaces in Latin American cities, this book sheds light on contemporary definitions of citizenship and democracy in the Americas.
Prologue : ordinary places, extraordinary events in Latin America / Clara Iraz??bal -- Citizenship, democracy, and public space in Latin America / Clara Iraz??bal -- Cities, democracies and powers -- Political appropriation of public space : extraordinary events in the Z??calo of Mexico City / Sergio Tamayo and X??chitl Cruz-Guzm??n -- Reinventing the void : S?o Paulo's Museum of Art and public life along Avenida Paulista / Zeuler R. Lima and Vera M. Pallamin -- A memorable public space : the plaza of the Central Station in Santiago de Chile / Rodrigo Vidal Rojas and Hans Fox Timmling -- Lima's historic centre : old places shaping new social arrangements / Miriam Chion and Wiley Lude?a Urquizo -- The Plaza de Bol?var of Bogot?? : uniqueness of place, multiplicity of events / Alberto Saldarriaga Roa -- Place, citizenship and nationhood -- Space, revolution and resistance : ordinary places and extraordinary events in Caracas / Clara Iraz??bal and John Foley -- The struggle for urban territories : human rights activists in Buenos Aires / Susana Kaiser -- Iconic voids and social identity in a polycentric city : Havana from the nineteenth to the twentieth century / Roberto Segre -- Unresolved public expressions of anti-Trujilloism in Santo Domingo / Robert Alexander Gonz??lez -- Index.
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 29th February 2008