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Urban as a symbolic organizer of the social (Lo urbano como organizador simbólico de lo social)

Gaggiotti, Hugo


Hugo Gaggiotti
Professor in Human Resource Management


Luis Urteaga

Vicente Casals


The city has been one of the most powerful symbolic artifacts to imagine, represent and organize the social. Capel (1975) suggested that "the definition of the urban" exceeds the geography. Economic, sociological, anthropological, linguistic, philosophical and even literary reflections have noticed this phenomenon. As Castells said, urban ideology has deep social roots. It is not limited to academic tradition or official media planning. It is, above all, in the people minds. In the following paragraphs the foundations of the idea of ??the city as a symbolic organizer are discussed. The discussion is conducted presenting, the main ideas that underpin the reasons why the city has been used insistently as a metaphor and analogy of social and organizational. The pioneering work of Capel in this field, in dialogue with the work of Boltanski and Chiapello, based on the analogy between the forms of the capitalist spirit and the urban symbolic world, is used as an example of the scope, drifts and limits of the symbolic representations of the city.


Gaggiotti, H. (2015). Urban as a symbolic organizer of the social (Lo urbano como organizador simbólico de lo social). In L. Urteaga, & V. Casals (Eds.), Horacio Capel, geógrafo (143-162). Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona

Acceptance Date Jun 6, 2019
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 143-162
Book Title Horacio Capel, geógrafo
ISBN 9788447542123
Keywords organization, urban, simbolic, social representation, Boltanski, Chiapello
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Additional Information Additional Information : © Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat of Barcelona


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