The Spectacular City by Daniel Goldstein


Daniel Goldstein’s ethnography, The Spectacular City, analyzes the indigenous migrants of Villa Pagador in Cochabamba. He uses the occurrence of the Fiesta de San Miguel and the staged lynching of would-be thieves to exhibit how the migrants seek attention and acknowledgement from government officials.


I only read this book because it was assigned in my Cultural Anthropology class. Goldstein assumes that you are a cultural anthropologist and understand all the jargon he throws at you.

If you are from the studied region or a cultural anthropologist, you may enjoy this book. If you do not fall into either of those categories…it’s your call.

© Cori Endicott November 2009

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