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This publication makes an enormous contribution to the present debate on globalization, and extra accurately to the query of ways the "traffic in tradition" is practiced, rationalized and skilled via visible artists. The ebook specializes in creative practices within the appropriation of indigenous cultures, and the development of recent Latin American identities. Appropriation is the elemental theoretical notion built to appreciate those strategies.

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Before Structuralism’s ahistorical approach to culture, anthropologists of the 1920s to 1940s in Germany, Austria, and the United States were still APPROPRIATION AND CULTURE CHANGE 25 partly informed by the broader schemes of earlier cultural evolutionists and diffusionists. They were particularly interested in studying, through participant observation, cultural change and culture contact as processes of cultural borrowing (kulturelle Entlehnung16), and more specifically, appropriation, even “piratical acculturation,” that is, appropriation through warfare—which some evolutionists saw as the earliest form of culture (ex)change (cf.

The flamboyant Puerto Madero development was seen as progress by porteños, and as a sign of Argentina’s changed fortunes after the economic debacle of the Alfonsín administration. It also signified Argentina’s subordinate insertion into the hegemony of neo-liberal globalization of the 1990s, providing the illusion that the first world belonged to porteños (Guano 2002). On various visits during the 1990s, I was taken by friends on guided tours of the area. More recently in 1999–2000, the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was commissioned to build a swinging footbridge across one of the docks, resembling the inverted keel of a ship (see figure 2).

I often heard statements such as, “acá nos robaron; ya no nos queda nada” (here they robbed us; we are left with nothing), indicating the degree of despair and rage at what was perceived as economic imperialism by the first world. Freemarket economics also meant less protected markets, especially within the Mercosur, where Brazil—after having devalued its currency—was flooding the Argentine market with comparatively cheap manufactured goods. During Menem’s presidency, Argentina underwent an unprecedented period of deindustrialization.

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