A monograph offers a critical overview of various theories of the cultural space developed by Ukrainian and foreign scholars, in particular, the theories of the public sphere developed by J. Keane, the concept of the semiosphere elaborated by Y. Lotman, F. Jameson’s idea of the postmodern hyperspace, A. Karmin’s understanding of cultural space, and others. It also indicates the crisis that the theorizing of national culture and its space is currently going through emphasized by the globalization and its impact on modern nations. Based on the analysis of the shortcomings of the territory-related (anthropological) and abstract (structural) approaches, the study offers two conceptual models of the cultural space, namely, the topological model and the polyspheric one. Also, new definitions are proposed for unity and integrity of a national cultural space which characterize, respectively, its communicative comprehensiveness and identical consistency. Using the above mentioned models as an interpretative tool, the author attempts at a retrospective overview of the long process of formation and transformation of the cultural space of Ukraine, from the Middle Ages until our days.
The book offers a critical review of an integrated cultural space formation and the attempts of reforming the national culture of independent Ukraine. The visions of the main problems of Ukraine’s cultural space and of main goals of its reforming, put forward by key actors in this process, their common features and projections, worldviews and theoretical ideas are also analyzed in detail. The study provides an assessment of consequences of these reforms and their impact on the state of culture and cultural space of Ukraine.
© Institute for Cultural Research of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, 2019.
© O. Grytsenko, 2019.