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    Violence Taking Place The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict

    ISBN-10: 0804769362
    ISBN-13: 9780804769365
    Edition: 2010
    Author(s): Andrew Herscher
    Description: While the construction of architecture has a place in architectural discourse, its destruction, generally seen as incompatible with the very idea of "culture," has been neglected in theoretical and historical discussion. Responding to this neglect,  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2010
    Publisher: Stanford University Press
    Publication Date: 3/25/2010
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 224
    Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.748
    Language: English

    While the construction of architecture has a place in architectural discourse, its destruction, generally seen as incompatible with the very idea of "culture," has been neglected in theoretical and historical discussion. Responding to this neglect, Herscher examines the case of the former Yugoslavia and in particular, Kosovo, where targeting architecture has been a prominent dimension of political violence. Rather than interpreting violence against architecture as a mere representation of "deeper" social, political, or ideological dynamics, Herscher reveals it to be a form of cultural production, irreducible to its contexts and formative of the identities and agencies that seemingly bear on it as causes. Focusing on the particular sites where violence is inflicted and where its subjects and objects are articulated, the book traces the intersection of violence and architecture from socialist modernization, through ethnic and nationalist conflict, to postwar reconstruction.

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