The Functions of the Barricade

Mark Traugott

in The Insurgent Barricade

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947733 | DOI:
The Functions of the Barricade

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This chapter explores the wide variety of functions that the barricade can perform in the context of a highly charged insurrectionary situation, breaking them down according to whether they are essentially pragmatic, sociological, or symbolic. It notes that these various types of function go some way toward explaining the recurrent character of the routine of barricade construction, the question that provided the point of departure for this investigation. But though the various functions of the barricade frequently overlap and co-exist, the chapter explains that there has also been a discernable tendency over time for their more practical uses to recede in significance in favour of the more symbolic.

Keywords: insurrectionary situation; functions of the barricade; pragmatic; sociological; symbolic; barricade construction

Chapter.  19482 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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