9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS07 Memory, Culture and Public Discourse

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 Constructing Collective Memory in City, Suburb, and Country Building I, 1E7

Urban life, city planning and the rebuilding of public discourse

Cities as places of civilisation demonstrate a progressive loss of cultural heritages and identity values. In a urban context there is a need to work out a lasting model of dialogue, in order to reconstruct social memory and logos and to set up means of collective involvement.
It is, first of all, a question of semantics that determines the comparison between the idea of urban landscape and that of human landscape as the communal habitat.
In particular, it's a question of establishing an interaction between the objectivity of a transformed environment and the subjectivity of the membership, between the subjectivity of the cultural rootedness and of the subjectivity of historical memories in order to look for and/or deepen teorethical perspectives about the organization of means of collective involvement compared to the urban area arrangement.
It is, advisable to think about the need to reestablish a public issue in a critical way considering the general behaviour of the governance and its consequent alienation feelings. This need is to find an historical and social capacity to translate mass interests into ways through which the social recognizability became an example to favour dialogical practices rather than allowing a narcissistic and private use of the places.
The reconstruction of the "public" involves a reconstruction of the language irrespective of the presence of power, of the rethorical expressive spreading forms to allow the restructuring of the public institutions role and their legitimate functions.
The transformation of the welfare state into a trading state requires the statement of a new sovereignty which conceptualizes again the urban environment mainly to limit the growing political influence of the lobbies.
The erosion of the solidarity concept has produced not only a crossbreeding of the public organizational forms but it has created a social immovability too. Because of that, all the elements of the urban territory and all the actors of the social system have to take on the responsibilities to affirm relations in order to find new connections between things and people.