A Modern Model For Public Space As Representative Of Public Consciousness

1778 Words Dec 8th, 2016 8 Pages
Capital cities in Latin America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries used the “modern model” for public space as representative of public consciousness. This “modern model” based on Paris, a European city that achieved civilization in the broadest sense. In some cities in Latin America, such as Buenos Aires, this meant the implementation and emphasis of Parisian style architecture, monumental buildings, parks and promenade that created public consciousness of high culture and science, otherwise known as civilization. A similar choice of modern model, is apparent in Guatemala to create public consciousness. Guatemala City, at least for public health physicians and other members of the Guatemalan elite, in the twentieth century the state of being aware of venereal disease and its prophylaxis. This public consciousness to regulate the spread of venereal disease resulted in an attempt to supporting working class and/or indigenous women to be accepted in Guatemala City life. This public consciousness is evident in Guatemala’s newspaper El Imparcial.
El Imparcial, an important the national newspaper during the 1920s through 1950s with conservative leaning published articles ranging from politics, health, and everyday life. El Imparcial often criticized those who implemented models of modernization for instance in the the 1940s it targeted the Arevalo Administration. These critiques provide insight in the ways surveillance of working class women increased…

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