New Works of Dialectical Symbolism of Place: Materiality and Representation


There is then a politics to place construction ranging dialectically across material, representational, and symbolic activities which find their hallmark in the way in which individuals invest in places and thereby empower themselves collectively by virtue of investment. The investment can be of blood, sweat, tears and labour. Or it can be discursive construction of affective loyalties through preservation of particular imaginaries of place, of environment, and of vernacular traditions, or through new works of art and architecture to celebrate and become symbolic of some special place.

David Harvey Justice Nature and the Geography of Difference (1996:323).




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