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Mapping cosmopolis: Planning and the sign in Mexico-Tenochtitlan


1997 1997

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This study examines the city and the cartographic representations which portray it as multiple texts to be read and therefore interpreted and refashioned. It explores the readings made of Mexico-Tenochtitlan by both its residents and the invading conquistadores and subsequent chroniclers. It finds that these readings, based on the respective symbolic frameworks of these observers, differed substantially enough to render the city inscrutable to the outsider as to its meaning within the Mexica cosmovision. To the uninitiated, the city was legible as a text of power and wealth; to the Mexica, it was the central site, both physically and intellectually, of the universe they had been created to rule. It further posits the creation of a large-scale plan of the empire and the cosmos through the urban design of the Aztec capital.

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Subject
Urban planning;
Area planning & development;
Latin American history;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0999: Urban planning
0999: Area planning & development
0336: Latin American history
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Mapping cosmopolis: Planning and the sign in Mexico-Tenochtitlan
Author
Gorostiza Arroyo, Felipe Javier
Number of pages
281
Publication year
1997
Degree date
1997
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 58/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591659344, 0591659344
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9814850
ProQuest document ID
304370251
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304370251
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