Cultural and Regional Studies- In Collaboration with Sevinj Bakhysh and Izabella Horvath
Part 7: Archetypical images as a wayof constructing identity
Part 7 Archetypical images as a way of constructing identity 279 The Archetype of Construction Sacrifice in the Formation of a City’s Identity: from a “City-Factory” towards a “City of Consumer Goods Exhibition” Igor Yankov, Larisa Piskunova (Russia) The paper investigates the mechanism of transition from the soviet to the post- soviet life experience through visual images of a city’s space. We find it interes- ting to observe this problem via a prism of anthropological approach by using the mythologem of a “construction” sacrifice. Social reality is revealed both on the verbal and visual levels. The specificity of a visual representation is based on its ability to show society from a more objectivised view, more observant and uninterested imagination. City streets, movements, posters, buildings and show programs can inform us more about unspoken social relations. In other contexts visual images can be used as a proof or negation of theoretical generalizations. Certainly, the objectivity of visual evidence can be recognized only in the frame of methodologically correct con- structions. From an anthropological point of view, sacrifice is the central element of mytho- ritual methods of world structure. Scrifice plays a constitutive role in the process of cosmogenesis. The body of a primary sacrifice is a building material for the creation of the Cosmos. Sacrifice is a special “way” of relation with a mystery, a manner of structuring social relations and as it was shown by R. Girard (Girard 2000), a method of channelling violence. Sacrifice incorporates into itself violence and...
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