The urban enigma : time, autonomy, and postcolonial transformations in Latin America / Simone Vegliò.
- Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 
- New politics of autonomy
New politics of autonomy
vii, 189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Urbanization -- Political aspects -- Latin America -- History.
Postcolonialism -- Latin America.
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Politics and government.
Urbanization -- Political aspects.
- "This book explores how Latin America indicated an autonomous form of postcolonialism that was marked by the production of multiple conceptualizations of time. The analysis particularly focuses on iconic urban transformations in capital cities such as Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Brasilia, diachronically, and investigates each case's specific representations of past, present, and future. By exploring these three episodes, the book shows how Latin America's postcolonialism involved specific spatial dynamics that were inherently working over global socio-political geographies resulting from the legacy of a "long" colonial imagination. The text is divided into two parts. The first part discusses some theoretical questions concerning the very conceptualization of Latin American space and the importance of exploring a genealogy of its urban geographies. The second part analyses the themes proposed through the discussion of the "materiality" of specific historical examples. The section delves into urban transformations in the aforementioned capital cities and focuses on how iconic material forms are able to encapsulate the main socio-political features defining each country's post-colonial project. The book aims to depict a historical geography capable of describing how controversial relations between power and knowledge had materialized in the shapes of the urban environment and had iconically contributed to the multifaceted production of the global area known as Latin America. Without any pretension to offer an all-embracing perspective, the book dis-cusses the Latin America experience within the broader question concerning the genealogy of global socio-political geographies"-- Provided by publisher.
- Time, Space, Hierarchies: The Production of Latin America
The City as an Archive
Latin America's Urban Geographies: The Apogee of the Twentieth Century's
Buenos Aires, A European Door in The Americas: The 'Argentine Pavilion' and The Making of The Nation (1880-1946)
Post-Revolutionary Mexico City: The Palace of Public Education and The Perfect Race (1920-1960)
Brasília, a Futuristic Dream: Three Powers Plaza and the Modernist Democracy (1956-1964).
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Vegliò, Simone, 1980- Urban enigma
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