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The symbolism of place: a geography of relationships between space, power and identity

Abstract : The relationships between space, power and identity are necessarily mediated by symbols. A symbol is a concrete reality (a building, a statue, a coin, etc.) that communicates something intangible (an idea, a value, a feeling) : consequently, a place of power is by definition a symbolic place, which is a vehicle for power in the spatial order and for space in the order of power. The symbolic mediations between these different orders of reality are therefore produced and interpreted only in the context in which they emerge. A place can be considered as " symbolic " whenever it means something to a group of individuals, in such a way that it contributes to giving an identity to the group. With examples taken across the Americas, this paper investigates how symbolic places are produced and controlled by public authorities, civil societies and economic actors
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Jérôme Monnet. The symbolism of place: a geography of relationships between space, power and identity. Cybergeo : Revue européenne de géographie / European journal of geography, UMR 8504 Géographie-cités, 2011, pp.en ligne. ⟨10.4000/cybergeo.5316⟩. ⟨halshs-00651922⟩

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