The Symbolic Power of the Global: Interpreting Cultural and Ideological Change in Melbourne, Australia

  • Tommaso Durante


In interrogating Manfred Steger’s constructs of the global imaginary and market globalism, in his chapter Durante focuses on the emerging visual-discursive epistemic regime of the global. Having identified and categorized new thinking tools and figures of knowledge, the visual ideological markers of globality, the author looks at the way in which global subjectivities are symbolically and socially constructed at local scale, under present conditions of globalization. He also explores the methodological implications of a practice-based research and discusses a much-needed analytical method of global urban iconology. Through an exploration of cultural and ideological changes occurring in Melbourne, Australia, ‘The Symbolic Power of the Global’ concludes with a case study on The Self and the City, discussing the role of the image as political theory.


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  • Tommaso Durante
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  1. 1.School of Global, Urban and Social StudiesCollege of Design and Social Context, RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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