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German Cultural Criticism: The Desire for a Sense of Place and Community

Rohkramer, Thomas (2012) German Cultural Criticism: The Desire for a Sense of Place and Community. In: Making a New World. Reforming. Architecture & Communities in Interwar Europe. Leuven University Press, Leuven, pp. 31-42. ISBN 978 90 5867 909 3

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The chapter provides a history of the concept of community in cultural criticism in German history with particular emphasis on the most sophisticated expression of it in the work of Heidegger. While it points out the problematic aspects of the concept, it pays equal attention to its value. Given the architectural orientation of the volume, the chapter explores the connection between historical ideas of community and current explorations of space and a sense of place. While cultural criticism in German history had a tendency towards an unrealistic agrarian Romanticism, the goal it tried to achieve is not that dissimilar from current attempts to promote a sense of belonging.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 54774
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 May 2012 16:17
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 08:24
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