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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 about the social order and concerning the thoughts of contemporary atrocities. Cala Buendía seems to be at ways that cultural manufacturers tailored or constructed concepts as assets for social actors to take advantage of for switch.

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Amidst this situation, citizens had lost their confidence and disaffection was widespread. Mockus stood up to the challenge and soon turned the city into a social experiment designed to promote legal compliance and peaceful coexistence within the citizenry. This experiment was fundamentally intended as a way to redress the way citizens interacted with each other, the authorities, and the city. It included such diverse measures as controlling the most salient risk factors for violence, namely the bearing of firearms and the consumption of alcohol; reconfiguring the institutional setting for policy formulation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation; and restructuring and strengthening the Metropolitan Police.

51 But the Mockus administration did not believe homicide rates, the number of homicides committed annually, or domestic violence indexes were the only indicators of Bogotá’s violence trend. For violence was also manifest in the more everyday experience of unruly driving amidst chaotic traffic, whether under the influence of alcohol or not. 52 Cultura ciudadana included a set of institutional and legal reforms—such as the dissolution of a corrupt traffic police force, and the reform of traffic laws—and a series of artful and creative interventions to promote cautious driving and legal compliance among both drivers and pedestrians.

28 Uribe Celis’ critique aptly summarizes the arguments that have been wielded throughout the years against Mockus’ policies and theory. However, these tensions can be resolved if one is willing to read between the lines of Mockus’ somewhat fuzzy writing and speech. 29 What Mockus regards as harmful for society is when 30 ● Cultural Producers and Social Change the extreme differentiation between culture, law, and morality leads to a crisis of institutional legitimacy, whereby law is systematically violated due to its utter lack of synchrony with cultures and moralities.

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