Socialist statuary as post-socialist hybrids: Following the statues of Dr Petru Groza in Romania

Authors: Light, D. and Young, C.

Journal: Journal of Historical Geography

Volume: 37

Issue: 4

Pages: 493-501

eISSN: 1095-8614

ISSN: 0305-7488

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhg.2011.07.002


This paper is concerned with the post-socialist lives of Communist statues. While acknowledging that post-socialist transformation frequently involves searching for new identities based on the disavowal of the communist past and the de-communisation of cultural landscapes, the paper stresses the importance of exploring complex continuities from the state-socialist period. This is illustrated by a case study of the fates of three socialist-era statues of the Romanian Communist leader Dr Petru Groza which were erected in Bucharest, Deva and Bâcia. The paper examines how these socialist-era statues have been de- and re-contextualised, translated and re-valued into 'post-socialist hybrids.' The analysis explores the complexities of the historical geographies of these statues after 1989, particularly the way that they continue to play a role in the shaping of identities, societies and politics. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Source: Scopus

Preferred by: Duncan Light