Islands of prestige, gated ghettos, and nonurban lifestyles in Puerto Rico

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Abstract

Gates have become ubiquitous in Latin America in commercial locales, residential buildings, government buildings, schools, prisons, gas stations, parking lots, and churches. Residential gates, specifically, have created a new type of physical imagery that rearranges relations between communities and forces city navigators to recalculate their socio-spatial orientations. The gated communities of the rich and the poor in modern Puerto Rico signal an extreme segregation of lifestyles that has robbed city life of the spontaneous and diverse contacts that it once provided. Gated housing means exclusion and division, concretizing and formalizing inequality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalLatin American Perspectives
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Caribbean
  • Cities
  • Gated communities
  • Housing
  • Inequality
  • Segregation

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