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Title:The cityscape and the modern gaze in Bogotá, 1930-1950
Author(s):Pena Iguavita, Cesar Augusto
Director of Research:Duncum, Paul A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Duncum, Paul A; Harris, Dianne
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Vázquez, Oscar E.; Parsons, Michael J.
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):symbolic violence
material culture studies
discourse analysis
built environment
urban history
Latin America
visual culture studies
Abstract:In recent years Colombia has attracted worldwide attention for its promising economy, for its flourishing cities, and more recently because of the peace talks with rebel groups. In spite of its thriving economy, Colombia is among the Latin American countries with the highest levels of inequality. Scholars from different fields have addressed this problem and it has also become part of the national agenda to find strategies to reduce the gap between rich and poor. Through the analysis of cityscapes and representations of the built environment produced during the 1930s and 1940s in Bogotá, this research presents an approach from the perspective of aesthetics to the problem of inequality. Through discourse analysis this dissertation shows how the images produced during the early capitalist period of Bogotá reflect the social tensions and configured a scenario of symbolic violence that would lead to the actual violence that erupted by the end of the 1940s. The results show the correlation between one type of violence and the other and how they would settle the basis to silently perpetuate a system of classes and inequality reflected in the cityscape.
Issue Date:2015-04-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Cesar Augusto Peña Iguavita
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-22
Date Deposited:May 2015

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