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in The City at Its Limits

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780226280974
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226280998 | DOI:
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In this diary, the author reflects on the clashing discrepancies between Lima's representation of itself and its reality, conveyed in a female street sweeper's transgression in which she stripped to the waist in protest against the government. The author views this transgression not as an act of abasement, of utter and unreserved self-degradation, but as an act of resistance and vindication. She cites the act's connection with José María Arguedas's last novel, El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo, which centers on life in one of the barriadas surrounding the port and on a group of uprooted highland migrants, who make a living as fishermen, fishmeal factory laborers, and prostitutes, as they find themselves in the grip of contradictory and alienating forces regarding power and corruption, forestalling the urban anomie that many believe has been the hallmark of Lima from the 1980s on.

Keywords: Lima; transgression; resistance; vindication; José María Arguedas; barriadas; power; corruption; anomie

Chapter.  3064 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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