GARCÍA-VARGAS, A. and ROMÁN-VELÁZQUEZ, P., 2011. Latin American urban cultural studies: unique texts, ordinary cities. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 8 (1), pp.131–153.
Urban communication research in Latin America is not just responding to, or
rejecting, Western perspectives but producing material that can be valuable for
understanding arguments about ordinary cities within the context of globalisation. We
interrogate current frameworks in urban cultural studies and communication theory
to highlight how research in Latin America provide new possibilities for exchange and
dialogues into an area of study that is often missing or limited in Western urban
cultural analysis. We argue that this research moves away from theories that deemed
Latin American cities as underdeveloped or unequally inserted in to the network of
global cities by providing ways of narrating, imagining and understanding the city in
their own terms. This research however does not go unchallenged; we also argue that
Latin American capital cities are often privileged at the cost of forgetting, ignoring or
just describing as traditional other Latin American cities in the region.