Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2016

224 Pages | 22

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190464431

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City of Flowers

An Ethnography of Social and Economic Change in Costa Rica's Central Valley

Susan E. Mannon

Issues of Globalization

City of Flowers is an ethnographic study of social and economic change in Costa Rica. Rather than investigate how macroeconomic forces bear down on workers and households, this book explores how individuals and households give meaning and shape to neoliberalism as it evolves over time. Drawing on twenty years of field work and 100 life histories of people living in one Costa Rican city, the book considers how individuals in four different class locations negotiate the economic changes going on around them. Author Susan E. Mannon argues that these responses are bound up in class, race, and gender aspirations and anxieties.

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