Is it Stalinist for a formerly communist country to tear down a statue of Stalin Should the Confederate flag be allowed to fly over the South Carolina state capitol Is it possible for America to honor General Custer and the Sioux Nation, Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln Indeed, can a liberal, multicultural society memorialize anyone at all, or is it committed to a strict neutrality about the quality of the lives led by its citizens In Written in Stone, legal scholar Sanford Levinson considers the tangled responses of ever changing societies to the monuments and commemorations created by past regimes or outmoded cultural and political systems Drawing on examples from Albania to Zimbabwe, from Moscow to Managua, and paying particular attention to examples throughout the American South, Levinson looks at social and legal arguments regarding the display, construction, modification, and destruction of public monuments He asks what kinds of claims the past has on the present, particularly if the present is defined in dramatic opposition to its past values In addition, he addresses the possibilities for responding to the use and abuse of public spaces and explores how a culture might memorialize its historical figures and events in ways that are beneficial to all its members.Written in Stone is a meditation on how national cultures have been or may yet be defined through the deployment of public monuments It adds a thoughtful and crucial voice into debates surrounding historical accuracy and representation, and will be welcomed by the many readers concerned with such issues....
|Title||:||Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies (Public Planet Books)|
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Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies (Public Planet Books) Reviews
I overall enjoyed this short set of essays about the complexities of at times offensive public monuments, particularly those involving Confederate war heroes and the like. A bit thin and/or tedious to read at times (admittedly it is a somewhat narrow area, so more likely to be geared to specialists) but novel and important subject matter. The author is known for his liberal scholarship but also grew up and worked in the South, so the subject has a certain personal concern to him. I was not totally convinced with some of his reasoning at the end but it's a worthwhile read.
Thhis is a very balanced, broad based review of the subject, although Levinson writes in the heavy scholarly style that is appropriate to his distinguished status as renowned legal scholar.
The author of Written in Stone attempts the task of interpretting monuments in changing societies. Often one does not think about how monuments hold one moment in time stagnant, yet socieites change and the monuments usually still stand. Levinson utilizes a wide variety of examples to look at the question of monuments in changing societies. Levinson's book is the first substanitial work of I seen written on the subject of monuments when societies change and it is likely not to be the last. For further reading Levinson's footnote are well done.