City of Flowers: An Ethnography of Social and Economic Change in Costa Ricas Central Valley

Paperback | March 22, 2016

bySusan E. Mannon

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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. Drawingon 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, andgender aspirations and anxieties.City of Flowers is a volume in the ISSUES OF GLOBALIZATION: CASE STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY ANTHROPOLOGY series, which examines the experiences of individual communities in our contemporary world. Each volume offers a brief and engaging exploration of a particular issue arising from globalization andits cultural, political, and economic effects on certain peoples or groups.

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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. Drawingon twenty years of field work and 100 life ...

Susan E. Mannon is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her work has been published in Gender and Society and Human Organization.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.19 × 5.39 × 0.59 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"I like the idea of the book and the aim to understand economic change through its impact on ordinary people. I also like the choice of personal biographies. These texts seem to be very effective in undergraduate education. Developing empathy for others is a key way to achieve understandingand personal narratives allow for that." --Monica Ricketts, Temple University