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Architecture & the state : Brasília as a political instrument

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Architecture & the state : Brasília as a political instrument

Wygodny, Adam (2004) Architecture & the state : Brasília as a political instrument. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Previous research indicates that states seek to construct identities of a "nation" to legitimize the existence of that state as representative of that nation. Similarly, the state may attempt to alter an already existing identity. Building on previous studies, this thesis first provides an overview of the general ways in which states construct these identities. Following that there occurs an examination of the use of architecture by the state. This thesis then examines the use of architecture by the state in Brazil through the construction of the capital of Brasilia. A "tour" of the city is provided through narrative text and accompanying photographs to illustrate the manner in which architecture was used in an attempt to reconstruct the national identity of Brazil. Essentially, this thesis argues that the necessary conditions for the construction of a national identity must also exist for the reconstruction or alternation of a national identity and that the absence of these conditions resulted in the mixed success of Brasilia as a political instrument.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Wygodny, Adam
Pagination:vii, 89 p. : col. ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Political Science
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Stoett, Peter
ID Code:8060
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:14
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 15:49
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