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Representation and Materialization of Architecture and Space in Zimbabwe, Between National Icons and Dispositifs, Langtone Maunganidze

This volume is an empirical study examining the extent to which historic and iconic architecture and spaces in Zimbabwe - particularly in urban areas - have been mobilized to construct and reconstruct identities. The author explores the question of traditional and political architecture through analysis of a variety of structures, including monuments, museums, and indigenous and state buildings. Special attention is paid to the soapstone-carved Zimbabwe Bird, which for years has served as the national emblem. Overall, this book argues that while the production and use of architectural products and spaces have been regarded symbols of collective identity, they have also served as expressions of power and control
Table Of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction -- Chapter 2: Framing iconic architecture: Context and dimensions -- Chapter 3: Materialization, space and identity -- Chapter 4: Inside Indigeneity and Iconicity: The African traditional hut -- Chapter 5: The sociology of museums and monuments -- Chapter 6: State buildings: Patterns and processes of materialization -- Chapter 7: The Zimbabwe Bird: The sovereign architecture -- Chapter 8: Religious architecture in Zimbabwe: a critical anthropological treatise -- Chapter 9: Urban informality and spatial re-figuration -- Chapter 10: Gender, architecture and space -- Chapter 11: Summary and conclusion.
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
1 online resource (162 pages)
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