The name of any city is a multi-faceted symbol, which represents certain meanings and interests. Renaming denotes a time, when the balance of powers in society is changing, even calling for a revolution in the symbolic space. Examining these phenomena in the lens of social perception allows us to expand our understanding of the process of renaming, and the conflicts in values and concepts manifest in the process that determine the result.
In her presentation Dr. Soroka turned to the publications of the local press in the city of Zhdanov at the end of the
1990s in an attempt to trace: which meanings were significant in the social
understanding of locals called to social agitation for the return of the city's
historical name, Mariupol; which social groups of layers this movement
attracted; which methods of social understanding formed an argumentation on
various sides of the conflict.
following questions were analyzed: the name of the city as a conglomerate of
symbols, integrated into the social understanding of inhabitants; the specifics
of the process of social understanding as a form of cultural "work";
the conflicting ways of social perception of the city on the example of the
renaming of the city of Zhdanov in Donetsk oblast (based on
local press materials).