Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms: Critical Reflections from a Global Perspective

Edited by Lisa B.W. Drummond and Douglas Young

© 2020

Socialist cities have special qualities which endure in particular, subtle, and often under-theorized ways. This book engages with socialism on a global scale, as well as the variety of socialist urbanisms and post-socialist urbanisms, and the range of ways in which globalization intersects with changes in socialist and post-socialist cities.

Offering a unique international comparative focus, the book’s fourteen case studies from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa are grouped under three main themes: housing experiences and life trajectories, planning and architecture, and governance and social order. Featuring contributors from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and research foci, Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms brings together a collection of essays on cities that are often overlooked in mainstream urban studies.

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Considering the endurance of socialist spaces in contemporary, political, and cultural environments, this book investigates key aspects of socialist urbanism.

Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms: Critical Reflections from a Global Perspective

Edited by Lisa B.W. Drummond and Douglas Young

© 2020

Socialist cities have special qualities which endure in particular, subtle, and often under-theorized ways. This book engages with socialism on a global scale, as well as the variety of socialist urbanisms and post-socialist urbanisms, and the range of ways in which globalization intersects with changes in socialist and post-socialist cities.

Offering a unique international comparative focus, the book’s fourteen case studies from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa are grouped under three main themes: housing experiences and life trajectories, planning and architecture, and governance and social order. Featuring contributors from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and research foci, Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms brings together a collection of essays on cities that are often overlooked in mainstream urban studies.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "By bringing together a collection of essays on cities that are often overlooked in mainstream urban studies, this volume addresses a timely topic that is under-researched and fills an important gap in the scholarly literature."


    Martin J. Murray, Professor Urban Planning, Taubman College, University of Michigan

    "The collection’s academic value is compelling: I have not seen a volume of such scope, offering a truly broad global survey relevant to the question of socialist and post-socialist urbanisms."


    Heather DeHaan, Department of History, Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • Author Information

    Lisa B.W. Drummond is an associate professor in the Urban Studies Program In the Department of Social Science at York University.


    Douglas Young is an associate professor in the Urban Studies Program in the Department of Social Science at York University.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms
    Lisa B. Welch Drummond and Douglas Young 

    Part 1: Housing Experiences and Life Trajectories 

    1. From Socialist Moderns to Urban Poor: Gender and the Housing Question in Post-Reform Vinh City
    Christina Schwenkel 

    2. From ABC to Post-Industrial Suburb: Living in a Vision
    Bo Larsson (Translated from Swedish by Aidan Allen)

    3. The Rise and Fall of Collective Housing: Hanoi between Vision and Decision
    Lisa B. Welch Drummond and Nguyen Thanh Binh 

    4. Wrestling with the Soviet State: A Life History of Housing in Leningrad
    Thomas Borén and Michael Gentile

    Part 2: Planning and Architecture: Designing Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms 

    5. Only Visions: The Case of South City, Prague
    Steven Logan 

    6. Phnom Penh During and after Socialism: Permanence and Reshaping of the Urban Centrality
    Gabriel Fauveaud 

    7. Planning for “Renaissance”: Vanguard Urbanism in Addis Ababa
    Jesse McClelland 

    8. Recuperate, Recycle, Reuse: Adaptive Solutions for the Socialist Architecture of Bucharest
    Laura Visan 

    9. The Paradox of Preserving Modernism: Heritage Debates at Alexanderplatz, Berlin
    Markus Kip and Douglas Young

    Part 3: Governance and Social Order

    10. China’s “New” Socialist City: From Red Aesthetics to Standard Urban Governance
    Carolyn Cartier 

    11. Property Relations and the Politics of the Suburban Living Place in the Post-Communist City: Transition Stories from Tirana, Albania
    Marcela Mele and Andrew E.G. Jonas

    12. Urban Natures in Managua, Nicaragua
    Laura Shillington 

    13. The Reshaping of Post-Socialist Hồ Chí Minh City: Leisure Practices and Social Control
    Marie Gibert and Emmanuelle Peyvel

    14. Mapping Khujand: The Governance of Spatial Representation in Post-Socialist Tajikistan
    Wladimir Sgibnev

    Conclusion
    Douglas Young and Lisa B. Welch Drummond

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