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What does MATSYM stand for?

MATSYM stands for Material Symbol

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Shackel argues that the "exclusion of blacks from the national consciousness was an active process that was reinforced through written symbols, material symbols, and commemoration" and that it would take over a century before African Americans "could gain inclusion in the collective memory of the United States" (14).
As a number of the contributors to the volume point out, we can get quite a long way in understanding symbol systems without a key; moreover, as Barth (1975) has emphasized, material symbols are not necessarily arbitrary and often play particular roles because of their specific physical properties.