Conceptualization of Political Symbolization

Conceptualization of Political Symbolization

Musikhin G.I.,

Dr. Sci. (Pol. Sci.), Professor, Department of Political Science, National Research University Higher School of Economics,

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2015.05.11

For citation:

Musikhin G.I. Conceptualization of Political Symbolization. – Polis. Political Studies. 2015. No. 5. P. 130-144. (In Russ.).


The article introduces new perspective on political symbolization as a state of political reality. Availability of symbolic influence in political context implies common knowledge; nevertheless, it does not reflect predetermined reaction to following information. Therefore, we have to discern between semantics (meaning of the language) and sense of the conversations (meaning of the speech itself). The article draws substance of political symbolization from the theory of the symbol, introduced by German romantics, who highly valued symbols as a matter of human aesthetics. Author exposes the contradiction between the use of the symbol’s “privileged status” in the dimension of aesthetics and neglect of its very essence within social sciences. Political symbolization is conceptualized in terms of multiplicity of unstated meanings in communication within political context. These findings of the article have the significant implication: political symbolization is a rare and unpredictable phenomenon; it becomes “visible” as if it has been happening in the reality, but still in collective perception due to dispositions of interpreters political symbolization is presented more essential than the viscera of life.

political symbol; German romanticism; symbol; sign; co-relation between symbol and sign; non-conventionalism of symbolization; interpretation of symbols.

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