Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms: Critical Reflections from a Global Perspective
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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- Page Count: 336 pages
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"What this volume does at its best is break the unifying banner of socialist modernity by uncovering how socialist and post-socialist modes of dwelling, planning, and governing unfold through everyday experiences, where "deeply rooted codes rather than formal rules" prevail. And it is exactly that balance between the global reach and at the same time local stories that one should be eager to discover when starting this exciting journey into socialist and post-socialist urbanisms."
Journal of Eurasian Geography and Economics
"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 InformationLisa 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
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
6. Phnom Penh During and after Socialism: Permanence and Reshaping of the Urban Centrality
7. Planning for “Renaissance”: Vanguard Urbanism in Addis Ababa
8. Recuperate, Recycle, Reuse: Adaptive Solutions for the Socialist Architecture of Bucharest
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
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
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
Douglas Young and Lisa B. Welch Drummond
Subjects and Courses