Visiones de la esperanza: recuperación de espacios públicos y generación de actividades comunitarias en Ciudad JuárezJournal: Nóesis. Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (Vol.23, No. 46)
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
Authors : Luis Alfonso Aguirre Quiñónez;
Page : 58-79
Keywords : urban space; community construction; Ciudad Juarez; everyday life;
In this paper, I present a description, interpretation, and a series of photographs of two different social life situations experienced by a group of people in Ciudad Juarez. My main objective is to show how local people construct their sense of feeling in their effort to recover a better quality of life in this border city. On one hand, I offer a recreation of the Independence Day parade. In this context, people celebrate de civic celebration, mainly by walking the main street with a sense of freedom by “recovering” the streets and ending their walk in the main plaza, which is the main symbolic space in the City. On the other hand, the situation is concern with the struggle enacted by a group of women in order to promote the social participation in Riberas del Bravo. They are trying to improve both, individual and social life trough of collective work and community activities. I discuss that both, the civic parade, and the women´s social action in Riberas show signs of hope for people in Juarez. They have a strong wish of believe in an alternative way of life, different from the one based on distrust and fear.
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