Matters of Revolution

Matters of Revolution

Symbols matter, and especially those present in public spaces, but how do they exert influence and maintain a hold over us? Why do such materialities count even in the intensely digitalized culture? This book considers the importance of urban symbols to political revolutions, examining manifold reasons for which social movements necessitate the affirmation or destruction of various material icons and public monuments. What explains variability of life cycles of certain classes of symbols? Why do some of them seem more potent than others? Why do people exhibit nostalgic attachments to some symbols of the controversial past and vehemently oppose others? What nourishes and threatens the social life of icons? Through comparative analyses of major iconic processes following the epochal revolution of 1989 in Berlin and Warsaw, the book argues that revolutionary action needs objects and sites which concretize the transformative redrawing of the symbolic boundaries between the "sacred" and "profane," good and evil, before and after, and "progressive" and "reactionary"—the symbolic shifts that every revolution implies in theory and formalizes in practice. Public symbols ensconced within actual urban spaces provide indispensable visibility to human values and social changes. As affective topographies that externalize collective feelings, their very presence and durability is meaningful, and so are the revolutionary rituals of preservation and destruction directed at those spaces. Far from being mere gestures or token signifiers, they have their own gravity with profound cultural ramifications. This volume will appeal to sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, and social theorists with interests in urban studies, public heritage, material culture, political revolution, and social movements.


Author
Publisher Routledge
Release Date
ISBN 1000550583
Pages 240 pages
Rating 4/5 (80 users)

More Books:

Matters of Revolution
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Dominik Bartmanski
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-03-31 - Publisher: Routledge

Symbols matter, and especially those present in public spaces, but how do they exert influence and maintain a hold over us? Why do such materialities count even
The Matter of Revolution
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: John Rogers
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-05 - Publisher: Cornell University Press

John Rogers here addresses the literary and ideological consequences of the remarkable, if improbable, alliance between science and politics in seventeenth-cent
Matter and Method in the Long Chemical Revolution
Language: en
Pages: 282
Authors: Victor D. Boantza
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-06 - Publisher: Routledge

The seventeenth-century scientific revolution and the eighteenth-century chemical revolution are rarely considered together, either in general histories of scie
Size Really Does Matter: The Nanotechnology Revolution
Language: en
Pages: 236
Authors: Colm Durkan
Categories: Technology & Engineering
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-02-26 - Publisher: World Scientific

'The text is lightly written but, underneath the entertaining gloss of anecdote and personal detail, this is actually an intensely serious and carefully constru
Revolution and International Politics
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Peter Calvert
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-10-06 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

This book aims to present an analysis of the role of revolution in international politics. Concerning itself with the time frame from the French Revolution up t
Translations on People's Republic of China
Language: en
Pages:
Authors:
Categories: China
Type: BOOK - Published: 1970-09 - Publisher:

Yes, In My Lifetime
Language: en
Pages: 386
Authors: Yahya-Othman, Saida
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-11 - Publisher: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers

Yes, In My Lifetime is a collection of selected articles and essays by Haroub Othman, written over the span of his career of nearly four decades. Originally app
Ideas Matter
Language: en
Pages: 410
Authors: Richard English
Categories: Africa
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Poolbeg Press

Matters of Revolution
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: DOMINIK. BARTMANSKI
Categories:
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-03-11 - Publisher: Routledge

Through comparative analyses of major iconic processes and objects following the revolution of 1989 in Berlin and Warsaw, this book considers the importance and
The Matter of Revolution
Language: en
Pages: 257
Authors: John Rogers
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Cornell University Press

John Rogers here addresses the literary and ideological consequences of the remarkable, if improbable, alliance between science and politics in seventeenth-cent