The Power of Symbols—Communism and Beyond

  title={The Power of Symbols—Communism and Beyond},
  author={Harald Wydra},
  journal={International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society},
  • H. Wydra
  • Published 1 September 2012
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
Examining the revolutionary origins of Soviet communism this paper argues that symbolic structures were crucial in the making of Soviet communism as a political force. It conceptualizes symbolizations as contingent interpretive acts that capture people in extraordinary situations of dissolutions of political order. In the first part, I identify the dramatic and imaginative sources of the Bolshevik Revolution, which created a schismogenetic system, in which symbolic structures of time… 
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