Κατεύθυνση Πολιτισμικές και Κινηματογραφικές ΣπουδέςΒιβλιοθήκη Πολιτικής Επιστήμης και Δημόσιας Διοίκησης - Επικοινωνίας και Μέσων Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης - Τουρκικών Σπουδών και Σύγχρονων Ασιατικών Σπουδών
Καραποστόλης Βασίλης, Καθηγητής, Τμήμα ΕΜΜΕ, ΕΚΠΑ.
Ο δημόσιος άνθρωπος στο έργο του Ρίτσαρντ Σένετ
An examination of social dimension of human beings through the work of Richard Senet
Public space is the space where people meet without the restrictions and limitations that derive from their social and economical status. Public space has played a significant role to human society from the beginning of history. In public spaces people meet and exchange ideas. A representative example is that of the ancient Greek market. It was a space that offered the option to act as a citizen. The empowerment of public space first took place during the 18th century with the onset of capitalist society in London and Paris. The industrial revolution that followed later in the 19th century and its relevant social and political changes, transformed the structure of the urban family, turning the public space into a safe space for those facing difficulties. The transition from public to private life dissolved the public spaces in the cities, transformed social concepts to psychological ones and elevated figures from the arts to prominent, public personalities. Performing a role in everyday life occurs in a similar way as a performing a theatrical role. At the same time, the degradation of public life during the 19th century resulted to a psychological interpretation of all social matters. The initiation of the concept of personality resulted to a society of intimacy in a gradual way during the 19th century. All social matters are seen as personal matters in order to be interpreted and justified. Politicians are judged by the public based on their personality and individual characteristics. The Media focuses on the personal lives of politicians and not their political action. The mainstream media promote this idea to the public that consumerism is an alternative solution .Protesting and politicians follow these principles in order to make the public more passive and reassured. The society of intimacy uses the principle of narcissism as its foundation. Narcissism is the futile attempt of justifying the ego. The politicians encourage it because it turns the public into a mass. At the same time, this creates a unified society that sees as an intruder anyone with individual characteristics. This results to a rejection of any external groups. In the last couple of decades it has been noted that peoples' physical presence and expression is controlled in different ways. The advance of technology such as the use of CCTV cameras is popular almost anywhere in the world. This is unavoidably related to the arts and architecture and how the transformation of their surrounding space encounters zero tolerance to external influences.
Main subject category:
Social, Political and Economic sciences
Other subject categories:
Philosophy - Psychology
Public space, public art
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