Publisher description for On the plaza : the politics of public space and culture / by Setha M. Low.

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Counter In this wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary study, Setha M. Low explores the interplay of space and culture in the plaza, showing how culture acts to shape public spaces and how the physical form of the plaza encodes the social, political, and economic relations within the city. Low centers her study on two plazas in San Jose, Costa Rica, with comparisons to public spaces in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. She interweaves ethnography, history, literature, and personal narrative to capture the ambiance and meaning of the plaza. She also uncovers the contradictory ethnohistories of the European and indigenous origins of the Latin American plaza and explains why the plaza is often a politically contested space.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Latin America Civilization, Latin America Social life and customs, San Jos‚e (Costa Rica) Civilization, San Jos‚e (Costa Rica) Social life and customs, Plazas Latin America History, Plazas Costa Rica San Jos‚e History