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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Movie audiences, modernity, and urban identities in Cali, Colombia, 1945-1980
by Arias Osorio, Maria Fernanda, Ph.D., Indiana University, 2014, 524; 3641826
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation is a social history regarding moviegoing and film audiences in Cali, Colombia, from the 1940s through the 1970s that aims to explore the meaning of movies in relation to the broader historical context and field of social forces in which they existed. This analysis of the intersection of the actual material conditions of existence of film-related practices and social imaginaries about movies is developed taking into account three main elements. The first one is the definition of film audiences by their film preferences, moviegoing practices, and socio-demographic characteristics. The second aspect is the role that moviegoing and moviegoing-related activities had within the broader cultural and political positioning of the filmgoers in relation to personal and collective, urban identities as demarcated by social class, age, and gender. The third element has to do with the geopolitical positioning of Cali, which poses very specific inquiries into the context of a non-capital city of a so-called underdeveloped country in Latin America. The analysis of these three aspects permit us to acknowledge and understand how moviegoing, the activities related to it, and the ways in which people thought of themselves as film spectators intertwined with urban, cultural, and political dynamics in modes that defined the diverse yet connected ways in which people identified themselves as urbanites, dealing with the conflicts between tradition and modernity in the historically and geographically situated context of an "underdeveloped" country and its struggles to reach the much desired and elusive modernity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Waller, Gregory A.
Commitee: Hawkins, Joan, Klinger, Barbara, Powell, Ryan
School: Indiana University
Department: Communication and Culture
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American history, Latin American Studies, Film studies
Keywords: Colombia, Film audiences, Film exhibition, Moviegoing
Publication Number: 3641826
ISBN: 978-1-321-28329-7
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