Item description for Urban Symbolism (Studies in Human Society, Vol 8) by Peter J. M. Nas...
This volume deals with a hitherto largely neglected aspect of cities, namely the symbolic and ritual structure in which the urban community is rooted. This fascinating facet is explored in a combined effort by social anthropologists, sociologists, historians and philologists for cities like Jakarta, Padang, Bangkok, Beijing, Tokyo, Baghdad, Kathmandu, Lucknow, Francistown, Vitoria and Buenos Aires. Three perspectives on the study of symbolism in the urban arena are developed, namely the material, cultural and structural point of view. This results in a series of new concepts for comparative use and provides lively descriptions suffused by rich detail of the social processes by which urban symbols and rituals are constituted.
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-->Peter J. M. Nas--> is a cultural anthropologist and professor emeritus in the Institute of Language and Cultures of Southeast Asia at Leiden University and president of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.
Peter J. M. Nas has an academic affiliation as follows - Leiden University, The Netherlands.