Urbanism, Nationalism and the Politics of Place: Commemoration and Collective Memory

Mellon, James G.
July 2008
Canadian Journal of Urban Research;Summer2008, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p58
Academic Journal
This paper explores the implications of national identity for notions of place. Communities expect to see their identity expressed in their cities in such elements of urban form as architecture, heritage preservation, monuments and street names. In turn, a study of the elements in any city of urban form reveals much about the history of that city. The paper will discuss these issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The latter will involve discussion of a range of specific cases in which people hold strong feelings about their cities as expressions of themselves as a nation, and in which those senses of place may be contested either by neighbours or even by enemies.


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