The following thesis seeks to establish the rational and strategic motives of iconoclasm through a critical conceptual and historical analysis of material culture. Contemporary Islamist acts of cultural destruction have brought the subject of iconoclasm to the political forefront, yet little has been done to historically and culturally contextualize such events. By examining cross-cultural and historical examples of iconoclasm, this thesis aims is to demonstrate that recent spates of cultural destruction should be recognized as both rational and strategic symbolic acts. Ultimately, this thesis concludes that the purpose of iconoclasm is to degrade and/or destroy the pervasive ideology of a dominant culture and to establish new socially relevant symbolic markers.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Cognitive mapping, Cultural destruction, Culture, Iconoclasm, Ideology, Orientalism|
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