Monuments, memorials and the framing of the individual in Third Republic France

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 1990 Number 11

Monuments, memorials and the framing of the individual in Third Republic France
Nicholas Green, pages -

Abstract

A bronze memorial to President Carnot erected in a French provincial town prompts a meditation on the relationship between individualism and attempts during the Third Republic to universalise the bourgeois ideals of republican virtue, personal achievement, public worth and civic status. The monument and the ceremonies which surrounded it can be seen as a microcosm of the Third Republic’s attempt to use civic individualism as a means of binding its citizens together, an instance of the way in which material culture functions to mediate specific ideologies. However a wealth of documentary evidence is deployed to suggest that such attempts at the legitimation of prescribed social identities through architecture and ceremonial ritual are likely to attain only partial success.

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Nicholas Green, (1990) Monuments, memorials and the framing of the individual in Third Republic France, New Formations, 1990(11), -

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