1st Edition

Transbordering Latin Americas
Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)Here

Edited By

Clara Irazábal

ISBN 9780415840392
Published October 29, 2013 by Routledge
350 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

USD $170.00

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Book Description

This book examines transborder Latin American sociocultural and spatial conditions across the globe and at different scales, from gendered and racialized individuals to national and transnational organizations. Gathering scholars from the "spatial sciences"—architecture, urban design, urban planning, and geography—as well as sociology, anthropology, history, and economics, the volume explores these transbordering practices of place making and community building across cultural and nation-state borders, examining different agents (individuals, ethnic and cultural groups, NGOs, government agencies) that are engaged in transnational/transborder living and city-making practices, reconceiving notions of state, identity, and citizenship and showing how subjected populations resist, adapt, or coproduce transnational/transborder projects and, in the process, help shape and are shaped as transborder subjects.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Do We Mean by Transbordering Latin Americas?  Clara Irazábal  Part I: Gender and Image-Making  1. On the Move: Globalizing Subcultures in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas  Stephan Lanz  2. Gender, Transnationalism and Empowerment in Postville, Iowa: Women with Electronic Shackles  Gerardo Francisco Sandoval and Luz Hernández  3. "The Gang of the Barrio": Invention and Negative Trans-Nationalization of a Latin American Figure of Urbanity  Yves Pedrazzini  Part II: Tourism and Transnational Planning  4. Cusco: City of Memory  Miriam Chion  5. Diasporic Tourism: Immigrant Politics, Consumption, and Traditions in Los Angeles’s Plaza Mexico  Clara Irazábal and Macarena Gómez-Barris  6. Multicultural Participatory Planning: Normative Ideals and Pragmatic Realities in Monteverde, Costa Rica  Marisa A. Zapata  Part III: Place-Making and Ideology  7. Nations Within Nations: Transnationalism and Indigenous Citizenship in Latin America  Marcela Tovar-Restrepo  8. Building New Geographies in Urban Mexico: The Case of the Casas GEO  Cristina Inclán-Valadez  9. Global Mexico Under Construction: The Santa Fe Megaproject in Mexico City  María Moreno-Carranco  Part IV: Immigrant Ethnoscapes (T)Here  10. ¿La Guaca?: The Internationalization of the Colombian Housing Market  Milena Gómez Kopp  11. Faraway Intimate Development: Global Restructuring of Social Reproduction  Faranak Miraftab  12. Noche de Baile/A Dancing Night: Immigrants, Transnationalism, and Music in Japan  Erika Rossi  13. The Archi-Culture of Immigration in the Borough of Tetuán (Madrid): A Pedagogical Approach  Rosa Cervera

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Clara Irazábal is Director of the Latin Lab and assistant professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University in the City of New York.


"An exceptional volume that brings new voices in architecture, urban planning and urbanism to take account of the transbordered dynamics of place-making apace across the Americas while anchoring culture squarely in the middle of the 'spatial sciences.'"

- Arlene Dávila, author of Culture Works: Space, Value, and Mobility Across the Neoliberal Americas

"Transbordering Latin Americas is truly impressive as it redefines the geography of Latin America. From Japan to Spain, from Iowa to Cusco, the authors in this collection do us a great service in documenting how land, space, and the city are being remade and retheorized across Latin Americas. Must reading for students in both urban studies and Latin American studies."

- Laura Pulido, Professor, American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California