Hegemonías y Subalteridades Urbanas: La Configuración Metropolitana de Quito

Translated title of the contribution: Urban Hegemonies and Subalternities: The Metropolitan Configuration of Quito

Victor Hugo Torres Davila

Research output: Book/ReportBook


The book proposes a cultural interpretation of Quito's metropolitan configuration. The argument is that beyond the municipal interest in strengthening its institutional capacity to control urban expansion, the adoption of the metropolitan condition implied a "symbolic formation", a system of special senses and meanings that contained a vision of the city as an ordered city. It explains something that seems fluid and natural; the submission of the metropolitan sense of the city to the ideas and values of Quito's elites, which other social groups accepted without major resistance. The research delves into the disconcerting field of ideological circuits that cohere urban society, to understand the predisposition of its inhabitants to emulate ways of life of the wealthy classes, activated by the symbolic persuasion capacity of urban colonial modernity, through which most of its residents, far from questioning the subjection to individualism, dissolve collective identities, to integrate them to the metropolitan dynamics. The author discusses the social response through the analysis of the Quiteño neighborhood movement and the urban insertions of indigenous and Afro-Quiteño peoples.
Translated title of the contributionUrban Hegemonies and Subalternities: The Metropolitan Configuration of Quito
Original languageSpanish (Ecuador)
PublisherEditorial Universitaria Abya-Yala
Number of pages457
ISBN (Print)978-9942-09-691-3
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020

CACES Knowledge Areas

  • 413A Social and Cultural Studies


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