Symbolic representation in public space : capital cites, presence and memory
Parkinson, John R.. (2009) Symbolic representation in public space : capital cites, presence and memory. Representation, Vol.45 (No.1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 0034-4893Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00344890802709781
This article looks at some dimensions of battles over the representation of people in the capital cities of modern democracies, looking at the symbolic aspects of representation rather than its principal-agent or descriptive aspects. It starts by presenting an account of democratic public space, and an account of how public representations are constructed. It then argues that such representations matter in a democracy because they specify who belongs to the demos and who does not, which in turn has an impact on the efficacy calculations of individual citizens. Along the way, conflicts are revealed between competing drives to memorialise particular histories and aspirations and to forget others; and the limitations of merely-symbolic action as a means of redressing injustices.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Representation|
|Number of Pages:||14|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-14|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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