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Urban Latin America

Images, Words, Flows and the Built Environment, 1st Edition

Edited by Bianca Freire-Medeiros, Julia O'Donnell


262 pages | 61 B/W Illus.

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Urban Latin America explores the relationship between images, words and the built environment using an engaging variety of methods and sources, with a timely emphasis on comparative studies. The book brings together scholars with various disciplinary backgrounds and theoretical affiliations who critically approach urban experiences through visual accounts, texts and architectural elements. The reader is introduced to major theories, secondary sources and empirical references that have not been written about in English. Film and photography, fictional and historical writings, particular buildings and landmarks – all inspire fascinating glimpses into different moments in the biography of cities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Images 1. On the Everyday History of Pedestrians’ Bodies in São Paulo’s Downtown Amid Metropolization (1950-2000) Fraya Frehse 2. Antinomic-complementary Landscapes: The Beach and the Favela in Early-twentieth-century Rio de Janeiro Julia O’Donnell and Bianca Freire-Medeiros 3. Caracas and Mérida, Venezuela: Coloniality, Space, and Gender in the Film Azul y no tan rosa Leo Name 4. A Loud Cinematic City: Recife’s Motion Condition in Neighbouring Sounds Maria Helena B. V. da Costa Part 2: Words 5. Homo Porteñicus: The Police and Urban Identity in Buenos Aires Lila Caimari 6. Sport Urbanization and Modernization of Public Habits. Santiago during the First Year of Los Sports Magazine (1923) Rodrigo Millan Valdes Part 3: Flows 7. The Portable Jazz Age: Josephine Baker’s 1929 Tour of South American Cities Jason Borge 8. From Planned City to a Pulverized Metropolis: The Popular-informal Scene in Brasilia Edson Farias and Bruno Couto 9. Ways of Dwelling: Location, Daily Mobility and Segregated Circuits in the Urban Experience of the Modern Landscape of La Plata (Argentina) Ramiro Segura Part 4: Built Environment 10. The Walled Havana: Walls, Urban Space and Slavery in Havana (1762-1812) Ynaê Lopes dos Santos 11. Eradicating Blackness from the Ideal City: Urbanization, Global Spectacle, and Brazil's Centenary Lorraine Leu 12. From Unregulated Growth to Planned City: The Bosque Calderón Tejada Neighborhood, Bogotá 1935 - 1940 Germán R. Mejía-Pavony 13. Scratching Space. Memoryscapes, Violence and Everydaylife in Mexico City and Buenos Aires Anne Huffschmid Index

About the Editors

Bianca Freire-Medeiros, PhD, is Sociology Professor at University of São Paulo (USP, Brazil) and coordinator of the UrbanData–Brazil databank. She is one of the main references for those interested in the so-called poverty-tourism field in Brazil and abroad. Her book Touring Poverty (Routledge, 2013, 2015), as well as the documentary film based on her research project, A Place to Take Away (2012), have been highly praised both in and outside academia. Her work has been published in several languages and she was a Visiting Researcher at Princeton University, El Colegio de Mexico and Lancaster University, and a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Julia O’Donnell, PhD,graduated in History (University of São Paulo–USP, Brazil) and holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil), where she is currently an Assistant Professor. Her research interests are the urban history of Rio de Janeiro and the boundaries between anthropology, history and literature. She has published many articles in specialized journals and is also the author of De olho na rua: a cidade de João do Rio (Zahar, 2008) and A invenção de Copacabana (Zahar, 2013).

About the Series


The Architext series brings together recent debates in social and cultural theory and the study and practice of architecture and urban design. Critical, comparative and interdisciplinary, the books in the series will, by theorizing architecture, bring the space of the built environment centrally into the social sciences and humanities, as well as bringing the theoretical insights of the latter into the discourses of architecture and urban design. Particular attention will be paid to issues of gender, race, sexuality and the body, to questions of identity and place, to the cultural politics of representation and language, and to the global and postcolonial contexts in which these are addressed.

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