FLEETING GLIMPSES

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The front matter and the Prologue. This includes Denis’ rhapsody about San Cristobal Las Casas and the essence of his argument about its imageability and legibility.

Chapter I: Introduction. This is what passes with Denis as a review of literature. This thesis was Denis’ first serious engagement with academia and he’s trying out the forms.

Chapter II: The Conduct of the Study. What Denis doesn’t get into here is the completely serendipitous nature of the work, the first questionnaire administered really just for fun, the second in desperation because the planned thesis project was falling through (a study of Chontal agriculture along the Usumacinta River). This includes Denis’ treatment of the shortcomings of content analysis.

Chapter III: Barrio Identity and Roundedness. The real  question here is what and where are the barrios, the neighborhoods?

Chapter IV: Barrio Point Imagery. This is a classic Kevin Lynch-type analysis and display of the responses to the requests set the students who returned Denis’ questionnaires.

Chapter V: Other Barrio Images. Here Denis looks at the images the students held of sounds, smells, times, and other “hidden” imagery. There’s a map of a fiesta in one of the barrios, a chart of sounds across the day.

Chapter VI: The City. Moving upscale, here the image of the city as whole is tackled. Not simply aggregated, there’s an effort to distinguish barrio from city imagery.

Chapter VII: The Home. And moving downscale, here the imagery of the home is considered, and compared and contrasted with that of the barrio and the city.

Chapter VIII: Conclusion. Here Denis argues that, “No man lives in a city,” but instead in very small spaces here and there. As to directions for future research, Denis concludes: “Then think about it and learn to care. That’s our new direction.”

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