Urban Morphology and Cultural Expressions

Qualitative methods to understand the city’s dynamic in a self-built area in Caracas, Venezuela1

Authored by: Gabriela Quintana Vigiola

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415727952
eBook ISBN: 9781315851884
Adobe ISBN: 9781317917038

10.4324/9781315851884.ch3.7

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Abstract

This chapter exposes the methodological approach applied in research regarding religious processions as an expression of popular Catholicism as an activity in the urban space of self-built areas.2 As a result of the previous points, the aim of the research is to explore the relationship between the urban morphology and its inhabitants within the process of the religious procession and how a sense of place is constructed within this urban psychosocial practice, which is the interpenetration of procession and this specific morphology. This research tries to understand one of the most relevant activities of the human being, as it is the manifestation of the sacred in the form of movement, in a very specific place in order to comprehend the complexity of the urban space and the role of this particular use in that environment.

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