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Murals of Managua, Nicaragua: The Visual Symbols of Cultural Identity and Heritage

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dc.contributor.advisor Seligmann, Linda J Trumbull, Mariah
dc.creator Trumbull, Mariah 2018-04-26 2018-08-08T19:06:00Z 2018-08-08T19:06:00Z
dc.description.abstract This thesis aims to analyze and investigate the symbols used in commissioned and non-commissioned murals throughout Managua, Nicaragua in order to understand how murals are catalyzing shifts in identity formation processes within the country. Murals, because of their inherent intersubjective symbolic content, speak to the memories and lived experiences of the people and have become a primary avenue for communicating ideas, expressing discontent, and reaffirming connections to the cultural past. By employing perspectives grounded in art history, social history, and anthropology, I argue that the intersubjectivity of murals has catalyzed a move away from traditional hegemonic discourses of mestizaje toward new identity formation processes in which a “mosaic hybrid” approach is being constituted and expressed. This mosaicism allows for permanent spaces in which identities co-exist, such that “Nicaraguanness” becomes accepted alongside personal identities.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Nicaragua en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject murals en_US
dc.subject popular culture en_US
dc.subject collective memory en_US
dc.title Murals of Managua, Nicaragua: The Visual Symbols of Cultural Identity and Heritage en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in Anthropology en_US Master's en_US Anthropology en_US George Mason University en_US

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