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Spatial Symbolism and Politics

  • Mary Dellenbaugh-LosseEmail author
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Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Abstract

This chapter goes into depth about spatial symbolism and the new cultural geographical concept of the cultural landscape. Following a detailed examination of the use of semiotics in the interpretation of the cultural landscape, it explicates the landscape features which will be the focus of this study—street names, monuments, urban planning, and architectural styles—and introduces the major terms and concepts which will be used throughout this book. The chapter examines the concept of space and spatial symbols as politicized goods, especially their role in nation-building and national narratives. It closes with an examination of the politicization of space in Eastern Europe during the Cold War and the reactionary stance to these spaces after 1989/1990, setting the stage for a wider discussion of post-socialist cultural landscapes.

Keywords

Semiotics Post-socialist city Cultural landscape Monuments Street names National narrative 

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  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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