Insane Cities and the Creation of Stereotypes for Cultural Identity

Macías-Carrillo, Claudia (2019) Insane Cities and the Creation of Stereotypes for Cultural Identity. IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2019, 24th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 907-912. ISSN 2521-3938

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The differences between healthy cities and insanity cities are regarded in this paper as rather unimportant because the colloquial use of the antonym relating the healthy term is insufficient to explain how citizens live and how they interact with their daily space. New avenues are here proposed to diagnose the city ́s state of health in order to make decisions about growth and the developed economy which could be incidental in public policies and the development of a sustainable city. Three anthropological elements are considered in the elaboration of such a diagnosis: infrastructure, structure and superstructure. Psychiatry concurs in the creation of a diagnostic tool for healing the city ́s soul which relies on the identification of five main disorders: Amnesia; two or more different identities or personality states; evidence of personal malfunction in one or more important areas of life due to the disorder; alteration that contradicts normal cultural or religious practices; and substance abuse. Characterization of the soul of the cities is critical in the decision making apparatus regulating the city ́s life. Thus, it will be necessary to work interdisciplinary with other sciences and not to restrain ourselves to the areas of public health, urbanism and architecture since the construction of a healthy environment is a very complex goal. It is then necessary to take advantage of other sciences, such as psychiatry and anthropology to empower the city and create public policies incidental in the economic progress. Presence of the nursing professionals should be encouraged, given their undisputed capacity to interact with the community and promote the development of healthy environments. Community nursing works with the population through interventions on health promotion and achievement of a lifestyle change, that allows to seek better quality of life incidental in the development of built environments meeting the needs of specific communities. In this context, prevention is the best way to avoid the state of insanity in the city, and according to this paper the nurse community is the key.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community nursing, public health, healthy city, identity, urban environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 20:41
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 20:41

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