Going to Times Square, part I. A brief presentation

This piece of research is proposing you an unofficial tour around The new new* Times Square. Around the spatiality, I have delimited and named as Times Square for constructing my particular case. This one, the one I am showing you here, is located in the same place that the local administration traced as Times Square,… Continue reading Going to Times Square, part I. A brief presentation

Traveling light, an epistemological promise

How can we close the gap between reality and theory? How can we explain a reality that is fluent and that is always changing when the theoretical constructions we use for it are going slower than the world outside? Those questions were proposed by Hugo Zemelman (2012) in a paper about epistemic thinking. According to… Continue reading Traveling light, an epistemological promise

The chess player

I saw him was by casualty. He was reclining on one of the granite benches near the TKTS booths. It was Monday's night at the beginning of September, and the Square was full of people, but next to him was a free spot. I went there and I sat at his side. I did not… Continue reading The chess player

Relativity and an ontology of the particular

The elaboration of a “particular case” has two stages. The first one is selecting a specific portion of spatialized reality for being decomposed and analyzed. The reality, in a pragmatic view the world that is there, is the group of things that exist before the researcher’s interference. In other words, in an urban-open scenario reality… Continue reading Relativity and an ontology of the particular

Generalities about particular cases

if we want to be on the sidelines of totalitarian points of view, we need to use relativity and a particular and located vision. To talk about relativity results problematic nowadays due to the possible relationship that could be traced between relativism and postmodernism, interpreting the first one into the frame of the second one.… Continue reading Generalities about particular cases

The Columbus Syndrome

...And an introduction to radical ethnography. Why did I decide to do ethnography? Well, I do ethnography because I consider that through an ethnographical work I can first, follow the trajectories of the objects I am interested in, using any kind of resources from any side and without a determined disciplinary theoretical frame or preconception.… Continue reading The Columbus Syndrome

Lights still on

It was almost midnight and the air was particularly cold due to some sporadic showers during the night. I was seated on a concrete bench in front of an empty and under remodeling spot between Broadway Avenue and W. 47th Street. After 12:00 am, when the area is less transited, a group of workers starts… Continue reading Lights still on

Why Times Square?

This is a very common question that people ask me every time I used to talk about the study object of this piece of research. Times Square now, the current version we have of this place, looks like a location where one cannot find anything serious for conducting an academic piece of research. It seems… Continue reading Why Times Square?