publication . Article . 2013

Triumph & Commemoration: Collective Imagination and the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Controversy

Powell, Julie M.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
This study reassesses the meaning of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ controversy of 2010 through the lens of urban sociology and collective imagination. It utilizes the imaginative fruits of civic forums, such as “Imagine NY” and “Listening to the City,” to determine New Yorkers’ collective vision for the rehabilitation of Ground Zero and Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11. Articulated as a clarion call for the manifestation of commemoration and triumph over terrorism in the New York cityscape, it is this concept of collective imagination that became the litmus test for revitalization efforts in the downtown district.  Years later, the proposal of the Park51 Comm...
free text keywords: Collective Imagination, Commemoration, Urban History, September 11, 2001, 9/11, Ground Zero Mosque, Park51 Community Center, Civic Engagement, Urban Planning, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences
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