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The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasilia
by James Holston
University of Chicago Press, 1989
Cloth: 978-0-226-34978-7 | Paper: 978-0-226-34979-4
Library of Congress Classification HT169.57.B62B634 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 307.768098174

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The utopian design and organization of Brasília—the modernist new capital of Brazil—were meant to transform Brazilian society. In this sophisticated, pioneering study of Brasília from its inception in 1957 to the present, James Holston analyzes this attempt to change society by building a new kind of city and the ways in which the paradoxes of constructing an imagined future subvert its utopian premises. Integrating anthropology with methods of analysis from architecture, urban studies, social history, and critical theory, Holston presents a critique of modernism based on a powerfully innovative ethnography of the city.

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