By Felipe Cala Buendía

In Argentina, Colombia, and Peru, there was an out-pouring of popular-performative actions that experience requested voters to pose questions on the social order and in regards to the stories of contemporary atrocities. Cala Buendía appears at ways that cultural manufacturers tailored or built concepts as assets for social actors to take advantage of for swap.

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It is The Cultura Ciudadana Policy in Bogotá ● 45 also the source of their estrangement effect, theirs being an aesthetics of that which is blatantly out of place. And their being out of place is what prompted the citizenry to realize that other things were also out of place: their lack of awareness not only of their rights, but also of their responsibilities, as with the pirinola; their incapacity for self-regulation, as with the pantomimic traffic cops and the tarjetas ciudadanas; or their reliance on weapons and firearms for self-protection, as with the commemorative tablespoons.

What I’m against is people having parties that end in fights and homicides, or in people driving drunk at more than 100 kilometers per hour,” said Mockus. At 1:20 am on the first night of its implementation, the mayor began canvasing the streets on foot. Operación: Control zanahorio (Operation: Temperance Control) was underway. Wearing a clock around his neck and in mystic-like attire, he asked people in bars and clubs to stop drinking and go home. ” But he, and some of the city’s high-ranking officials—also in disguise, and dressed as night guards, nuns, prison inmates, and superheroes—carried The Cultura Ciudadana Policy in Bogotá ● 33 on, explaining to uncooperative citizens the rationale behind the administration’s decision.

And ultimately, the iconoclastic and refreshing character of Mockus’ policies can account for his own political influence and success. Almost 20 years have passed, and most citizens effectively recall cultura ciudadana as embodied in the commemorative spoons of the voluntary disarmament campaigns, the pantomimic traffic cops, the spinning pirinola, and the symbolic carrots. Indeed, the election of this academic cum politician as mayor of Bogotá marked a turning point in the city’s political life, definitively breaking the centuries-old Liberal and Conservative monopoly on the local government.

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