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The City at Its Limits: Taboo, Transgression, and Urban Renewal in Lima

Daniella Gandolfo


In 1996, against the backdrop of Alberto Fujimori's increasingly corrupt national politics, an older woman in Lima, Peru—part of a group of women street sweepers protesting the privatization of the city's cleaning services—stripped to the waist in full view of the crowd that surrounded her. Lima had just launched a campaign to revitalize its historic districts, and this shockingly transgressive act was just one of a series of events that challenged the norms of order, cleanliness, and beauty that the renewal effort promoted. In this book, the author employs an interweaving of essays and field ... More

Keywords: Lima, Peru, Alberto Fujimori, taboo, transgression, Georges Bataille, José María Arguedas, ethnography, privatization, urban renewal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226280974
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226280998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniella Gandolfo, author