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The Los Angeles Plaza 9780292717541

The Los Angeles Plaza

Sacred and Contested Space

ISBN-10: 0292717547
ISBN-13: 9780292717541
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PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press
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Winner, Gold Award in Californiana, California Book Awards, Commonwealth Club of California, 2008NACCS Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2010

City plazas worldwide are centers of cultural expression and artistic display. They are settings for everyday urban life where daily interactions, economic exchanges, and informal conversations occur, thereby creating a socially meaningful place at the core of a city.

At the heart of historic Los Angeles, the Plaza represents a quintessential public space where real and imagined narratives overlap and provide as many questions as answers about the development of the city and what it means to be an Angeleno. The author, a social and cultural historian who specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Los Angeles, is well suited to explore the complex history and modern-day relevance of the Los Angeles Plaza. From its indigenous and colonial origins to the present day, Estrada explores the subject from an interdisciplinary and multiethnic perspective, delving into the pages of local newspapers, diaries and letters, and the personal memories of former and present Plaza residents, in order to examine the spatial and social dimensions of the Plaza over an extended period of time.

The author contributes to the growing historiography of Los Angeles by providing a groundbreaking analysis of the original core of the city that covers a long span of time, space, and social relations. He examines the impact of change on the lives of ordinary people in a specific place, and how this change reflects the larger story of the city.

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PAGES: 373
CATEGORY: Architecture, History, Nature, Psychology, Religion, Social Science
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