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El MallThe Spatial and Class Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America$
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Arlene Dávila

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286849

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286849.001.0001

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Shopping Malls and the Fight for Public Space

Shopping Malls and the Fight for Public Space

(p.161) Conclusion Shopping Malls and the Fight for Public Space
El Mall

Arlene Dávila

University of California Press

This concluding chapter argues that as shopping malls continue to dominate the physical landscape of so many Latin American cities, they are becoming the space where equity and citizenship rights are consistently contested. In particular, it studies Brazil's rolezinhos—the organized mass takeovers of shopping malls by working-class dark-skinned youth. Most commentators agreed that whether it was simply the search for entertainment or the need for access to public space that guided the youths' action, their mere presence in Brazil's upscale shopping malls represented a public confrontation of its own, not only because of the ongoing racism and the racial profiling of dark-skinned youths, but also because of the boisterous, collective, and festive manner in which the strolls were organized and conducted.

Keywords:   rolezinhos, shopping malls, Latin American, racism, youths, public space

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