Speaking for a long time : public space and social memory in Vancouver /

In the late 1990s, Vancouver's Downtown Eastside became the setting for three monuments - Crab Park Boulder, Marker of Change and Standing with Courage, Strength and Pride. The monuments were grassroots initiatives that challenged the norms of civic art by claiming a place in public space for s...

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Author / Creator:Burk, Adrienne L. (Adrienne Lee), 1954-
Imprint:Vancouver : UBC Press, c2010.
Description:xviii, 191 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Memorials -- British Columbia -- Vancouver.
Public art -- British Columbia -- Vancouver.
Public spaces -- British Columbia -- Vancouver.
Social action -- British Columbia -- Vancouver.
Women -- Crimes against -- Canada.
Collective memory -- British Columbia -- Vancouver.
Monuments commémoratifs -- Colombie-Britannique -- Vancouver.
Art public -- Colombie-Britannique -- Vancouver.
Espaces publics -- Colombie-Britannique -- Vancouver.
Action sociale -- Colombie-Britannique -- Vancouver.
Crimes contre les femmes -- Canada.
Mémoire collective -- Colombie-Britannique -- Vancouver.
Collective memory.
Memorials.
Public art.
Public spaces.
Social action.
Social conditions
Women -- Crimes against.
Downtown Eastside (Vancouver, B.C.) -- Social conditions.
Downtown-Eastside (Vancouver, C.-B.) -- Conditions sociales.
British Columbia -- Vancouver.
British Columbia -- Vancouver -- Downtown-Eastside.
Canada.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8382584
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ISBN:9780774816984 (bound)
0774816988 (bound)
0774816996
9780774816991
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:In the late 1990s, Vancouver's Downtown Eastside became the setting for three monuments - Crab Park Boulder, Marker of Change and Standing with Courage, Strength and Pride. The monuments were grassroots initiatives that challenged the norms of civic art by claiming a place in public space for society's most vulnerable groups, and each figured in debates about many kinds of violence. Emphasizing the resilience and agency of artists, activists and residents, this vivid account of the creation of memory-scapes offers unique insights into the links between power, public space and social memory. Adrienne L. Burk is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.
"The tragedy at Ecole Polytechnique that took the lives of our daughter Anne-Marie Edward and her engineering school companions, and the ongoing tragedy of the murder of Aboriginal women, have changed our collective social consciousness about violence against women Adrienne Burk's beautiful and sensitive account of three commemoration sites in Vancouver dedicated to women murdered by men is a case in point, written with extraordinary insight. Speaking for a Long Time will indeed speak for a long time. Suzanne Laplante-Edward.
"What is the meaning of public monuments? In seeking answers to this innocuous-seeming question, Adrienne Burk has produced a fascinating study of urban space, social memory and community history Burk is not an academic who remains in the ivory tower, the value of her book is that she is down on the sidewalk. Observing talking, recording, reflecting." Daniel Francis, Vancouver historian, author and editor of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia.
"Sexual warfare unlike class warfare or monuments to world wars rarely has a public monument. Speaking for a Long Time elaborates on how social monuments can amplify the voices of murdered women everywhere so that society can no longer stand the overwhelming sounds of grief and rage and is forced to change. This book is a powerful clarification of the crucial role of social art for women in public spaces. Ellen Woodsworth Vancouver City Councillor and cofounder of Breaking the Silence of Violence Against Women in the Downtown Eastside. --Book Jacket.