The Palace Complex

The Palace Complex
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ISBN-13:
9780253039989
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
366
Autor:
Michal Murawski
Serie:
New Anthropologies of Europe
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Kurzbeschreibung

1. This book is both a work of anthropology and a consideration of the social significance of architecture. This "ethnography of a building" is a unique new approach and encourages similarly exciting cross-disciplinary studies.

2. The language throughout is very readable and the stories Murawski tells are fascinating not only as studies of a city, but also as explorations of the ways in which urban landscapes can influence people's lives and mental states. Some people in the city suffered mental breakdowns which they attribute to the building.

3. Murawski worked as an employee in the building for 16 months, and in doing so gained a unique insider's viewpoint of the building's operation and its role in the city.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface: Politicized Perambulations


Introduction: Palace Complex/Complex Palace


1. The Planners: Conceiving the Palace Complex


2. Public Spirit, or the Gift of Noncapitalism


3. Designing Architectural Power: Scale, Style and Location


4. Site-Specific: Varsovian Interpretations of the Palace


5. Varsovianization: The Palace Complex After 1989


6. "The Center of the Very Center"


7. The Extraordinary Palace


Conclusion: Complex Appropriations


Epilogue: The Still-Socialist Palace and the War Against Post-Communism


Appendix: Palaceological Survey: Summary of Results


Bibliography


Index

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