Public Spheres After Socialism

Edited by Angela Harutyunyan, Kathrin Hörschelmann, and Malcolm Miles

Edited by Angela Harutyunyan, Kathrin Hörschelmann, and Malcolm Miles

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

144 pages | 10 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2009
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841502120 Published March 2009
The idea of public spaces—city parks, waterfront bike paths, and bustling squares—has long been associated with urban environments. Public Spheres After Socialism challenges this idea in light of the end of the cold war and the disintegration of the Soviet Union.  Drawing together experiences from across Europe, this innovative volume reconsiders the public sphere as a figurative, or mythical, location where members of society shape and determine its values. This book examines monuments, reconstruction, film, and new media to ask whether public spaces are viable in an age of globalized consumerism.
 
Contents
Preface
Angela Harutyunyan
 
Section One: Monuments and Public Spheres
 
Chapter 1
Peace in Ruins: The Value of Mementoes, Temporary Shrines and Floral Tributes as Markers of the Public Sphere
Paul Gough
 
Chapter 2
State Icons and Narratives in the Symbolic Cityscape of Yerevan
Angela Harutyunyan
 
Chapter 3
Public Sphere as a Place for Gifts: Social-symbolic Characteristics of the City-building of Post-Soviet Yerevan
Nazareth Karoyan (trans. A. Harutyunyan)
 
Section Two: Representations and Discourses
Chapter 4
Cinema as Political Movement in Democratic and Totalitarian Societies since the 1960s
Anna Schober
 
Chapter 5
Public Space: The City in Armenian Literature
Vardan Jaloyan (trans. A. Harutyunyan)
 
Chapter 6
You Tell Me: A Topography
Jane Rendell
 
Section Three: Identities and Topographies of Everyday Life
Chapter 7
Routes through the City: Youth Identities and Spatial Practices in Leipzig
Kathrin Hörschelmann
 
Chapter 8
New Social Order and Change in Media Landscape
Hrach Bayadyan (trans. A. Harutyunyan)
 
Chapter 9
Remote Control: Dangers and Delights of Armenian TV Surfing
Vahram Martirosyan (trans. A. Harutyunyan)
 
Section Four: Public Spaces, Times and Spheres
Chapter 10
Time without Qualities: Cracking the Regime of Urgency
Stephen Wright
 
Chapter 11
Public Spheres
Malcolm Miles
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