(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
A city that in the sixteenth century was exploited, abandoned and then transformed into a pole of European exploration because of its proximity to the sea; the capital during the process of State independence; a metropolis that received thousands of immigrants from other parts of the country during the modernization of the countryside in the mid-nineteenth century. Duplicated population and complex cultural dynamics.
On the other hand, a city that is born in the midst of modernization, with a housing project. a capital designed in a region of plateau, in the middle of the continent, surrounded by a vegetation of Cerrado. Absence of history and tradition, capitalist values.
Two different but similar cities, as ‘Una posmodernidad periférica’, in Buenos Aires, tries to prove. Gê Orthof and Adriana Vignoli, both from Brazil, and Amadeo Azar and Mara Facchin, from Argentina, trace parallels between the cities. “Both capitals are determined by their peripheral condition and by the peculiarities that, at present, define Argentina and Brazil. In summary, the economic, political and social characteristics are outlined by the domination of a plutocracy of the commodity, populist drifts nourished in fantasies of a revolutionary left and opposed to an ideologically ambiguous middle class, and in his game of counterpower, to an oligarchy that showed its darker face using the mechanisms of lawfare (legal war)”, as Manuel Neves describe.
The industrialization, technology, consumption and communication reach both countries and populations and, for that, some pattern is detected and depicted.
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