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The second generation of post-socialist change: Gorky Park and public space in Moscow
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2015 (English)In: Urban geography, ISSN 0272-3638, E-ISSN 1938-2847, Vol. 36, no 5, 674-695 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, public spaces in Moscow and in otherpost-socialist cities underwent dramatic changes in line with the wider adaptation tothe market economy, epitomized in processes of privatization and commercialization. Most recently, however, these processes have been overshadowed by a “second generation” of post-socialist change that entails the recasting of the very conceptionof the public and public space. In this paper, we analyze these transformations in Moscow through a case study of the reconstruction of Gorky Park. The case study builds upon extensive empirical material collected through qualitative interviews, document and media studies, and on-site observations. It is shown that despite appealing to ideas of openness, livability and the public good, the park reconstructionin fact entails the production of socially divisive urban space that prioritizes consumerism at the cost of less-scripted and diverse public life.

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2015. Vol. 36, no 5, 674-695 p.
Keyword [en]
public space, post-socialist cities, neoliberalism, park reconstruction, Moscow, Gorky Park
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Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116687DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2015.1020658ISI: 000355812800003OAI: diva2:807305
Swedish Institute
Available from: 2015-04-23 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2015-07-20Bibliographically approved

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