Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities

The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities
Duke University Press
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  • Hardcover
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  • 336 Seiten
978-1-4780-0879-8 (ISBN)
In Abstract Barrios Johana Londono examines how Latinized urban landscapes are made palatable for white Americans. Such Latinized urban landscapes, she observes, especially appear when whites feel threatened by concentrations of Latinx populations, commonly known as barrios. Drawing on archival research, interviews, and visual analysis of barrio built environments, Londono shows how over the past 70 years urban planners, architects, designers, policy makers, business owners, and other "brokers" took abstracted elements from barrio design-such as spatial layouts or bright colors-to safely "Latinize" cities and manage a longstanding urban crisis of Latinx belonging. The built environments that resulted ranged from idealized notions of authentic Puerto Rican culture in the interior design of New York City's public housing in the 1950s, created to diminish concerns over Puerto Rican settlement, to the "Fiesta Marketplace" in downtown Santa Ana, California, built to counteract white flight in the 1980s. Ultimately, Londono demonstrates that abstracted barrio culture and aesthetics sustain the economic and cultural viability of normalized, white, and middle-class urban spaces.
  • Englisch
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  • USA
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47 illustrations
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
978-1-4780-0879-8 (9781478008798)
Johana Londono is Assistant Professor of Latin America, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

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