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On the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and Culture

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Friendly gossip, political rallies, outdoor concerts, drugs, shoeshines, and sex-for-sale--almost every aspect of Latin American life has its place and time in the public plaza. In this wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary study, Setha M. Low explores the interplay of space and culture in the plaza, showing how culture acts to shape public spaces and how the physical form of the plaza encodes the social and economic relations within its city. Low centers her study on two plazas in San Jose, Costa Rica, with comparisons to public plazas in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. She interweaves ethnography, history, literature, and personal narrative to capture the ambiance and meaning of the plaza. She also uncovers the contradictory ethnohistories of the European and indigenous origins of the Latin American plaza and explains why the plaza is often a politically contested space.

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This is one of the best accounts of a place's history and meaning I have ever read. Low's book should be widely read and used in courses in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation, as well as Latin American studies and anthropology. What a wonderful book — Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies, Yale University

Friendly gossip, political rallies, outdoor concerts, drugs, shoeshines, and sex-for-sale-- almost every aspect of Latin American life has its place and time in the public plaza. In this wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary study, Setha M. Low explores the interplay of space and culture in the plaza, showing how culture acts to shape public spaces and how the physical form of the plaza encodes the social and economic relations within its city.

Low centers her study on two plazas in San Jose, Costa Rica, with comparisons to public plazas in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. She interweaves ethnography, history, literature, and personal narrative to capture the ambiance and meaning of the plaza. She also uncovers the contradictory ethnohistories of the European and indigenous origins of the Latin American plaza and explains why the plaza is often a politically contested space.

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How culture acts to shape public spaces and how the physical form of the plaza encodes the social, political, and economic relations within the city.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292747142
Author:
Low, Setha M.
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Latin America Social life and customs.
Subject:
Latin America Civilization.
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.01x6.11x.79 in. 1.08 lbs.

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Product details 296 pages University of Texas Press - English 9780292747142 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is one of the best accounts of a place's history and meaning I have ever read. Low's book should be widely read and used in courses in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation, as well as Latin American studies and anthropology. What a wonderful book — Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies, Yale University

Friendly gossip, political rallies, outdoor concerts, drugs, shoeshines, and sex-for-sale-- almost every aspect of Latin American life has its place and time in the public plaza. In this wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary study, Setha M. Low explores the interplay of space and culture in the plaza, showing how culture acts to shape public spaces and how the physical form of the plaza encodes the social and economic relations within its city.

Low centers her study on two plazas in San Jose, Costa Rica, with comparisons to public plazas in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. She interweaves ethnography, history, literature, and personal narrative to capture the ambiance and meaning of the plaza. She also uncovers the contradictory ethnohistories of the European and indigenous origins of the Latin American plaza and explains why the plaza is often a politically contested space.

"Synopsis" by , How culture acts to shape public spaces and how the physical form of the plaza encodes the social, political, and economic relations within the city.
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