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Space, Revolution and Resistance: Ordinary Places and Extraordinary Events in Caracas

Irazabal Zurita, Clara E.; Foley, John

As discussed in the introduction, many scholars have argued that public space is a prerequisite for the expression, representation, preservation and enhancement of democracy (Boudreau, 2000; Caldeira, 2000; Holston and Appadurai, 1999; Low, 2000; Sassen, 1996; Low and Smith, 2006). This has not been more true than in the capital cities of Latin America in recent decades, where political demonstrations have played a critical role in the demise of totalitarian regimes and the reestablishment of democracy. Caracas, capital city of Venezuela, is a prime example in that key urban spaces have been sites for popular demonstrations since Hugo Chavez became President in 1998. Public buildings such as the seats of political and military power, and private ones such as headquarters of media corporations functioned as architectural icons and background to these events.

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January 15, 2015