Skip to main content

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

Public Spheres After Socialism

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.

144 pages | 10 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2009

Culture Studies

Intellect Ltd image

View all books from Intellect Ltd

Table of Contents

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

Be the first to know

Get the latest updates on new releases, special offers, and media highlights when you subscribe to our email lists!

Sign up here for updates about the Press