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Urban Spaces after Socialism

Ethnographies of Public Places in Eurasian Cities

The two decades following the collapse of the Soviet Union brought great changes to the new nations on its periphery. Urban Spaces after Socialism offers a detailed ethnographic look at one area of change: the use and understanding of public space in the region’s cities. Presenting case studies from Tashkent, Yerevan, Gumri, St. Petersburg, Tbilisi, Baku, and Osh, the book examines the way that different groups, from Christians and Muslims to ardent reformers and Soviet apologists, assign meaning to public spaces and deploy them in attempts to construct—and even control—the way the history of their cities is understood.

325 pages | 40 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8 | © 2011

Sociology: Urban and Rural Sociology

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Table of Contents


Sights and Signs of Postsocialist Urbanism in Eurasia: An Introduction
      Tsypylma Darieva and Wolfgang Kaschuba
Part I: Contours and Places
Grandeur and Decay of the "Soviet Byzantium": Spaces, Peoples and Memories of Tashkent, Uzbekistan
      Artyom Kosmarski
The Second City as the First City: The Development of Gyumri from and Anthropological Perspective
      Gayane Shagoyan
Tbilisi in City-Maps: Symbolic Construction of an Urban Landscape
      Madlen Pilz
Maiden Tower Goes International? Representing Baku in a Global World
      Melanie Krebs
Yerevan Sacra: Old and New Sacred Centers in the Urban Space
      Levon Abrahamian
A "Remarkable Gift" in a Postcolonial City: The Past and Present of the Baku Promenade
      Tsypylma Darieva
Part II: Places and Voices
Every City Has the Flea Market it Deserves: The Phenomenon of Urban Flea Markets in St. Petersburg
      Oleg Pachenkov
Why are the Dolls Laughing? Tbilisi between Intelligentsia Culture and Socialist Labor
      Zaza Shatirishvili and Paul Manning
Between the Center of Jazz and the Capital of Muslim Culture: Insights into Baku’s Public and Everyday Life
      Sergey Rumyansev and Sevil Huseynova
Gay Culture and Public Places in Tbilisi
      Shorena Gabunia
The Exoticism and Eroticism of the City: The "kinto" and his City
      Paul Manning and Zaza Shatirishvili
"Nested Globalization" in Osh, Kyrgyzstan: Urban Youth Culture in a "Southern" City
      Stefan B. Kirmse
Afterword for Urban (post)Socialisms
      Alaina Lemon

Notes of Contributors
Index of Names and Places

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