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Chasing Warsaw: Socio-Material Dynamics of Urban Change Since 1990 (Campus Verlag - Interdisciplinary Urban Research)


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Warsaw is one of the most dynamically developing cities in Europe, and its rich history has marked it as an epicenter of many modes of urbanism: Tzarist, modernist, socialist, and—in the past two decades—aggressively neoliberal. Focusing on Warsaw after 1990, this volume explores the interplay between Warsaw’s past urban identities and the intense urban change of the ’90s and ’00s. Chasing Warsaw departs from the typical narratives of post-socialist cities in Eastern Europe by contextualizing Warsaw’s unique transformation in terms of both global change and the shifting geographies of centrality and marginality in contemporary Poland.

About the Author

Monika Grubbauer is an architect and urban researcher at Darmstadt University of Technology. 

Table of Contents


Introduction: Chasing Warsaw

      Monika Grubbauer and Joanna Kusiak

Theses on Post-Socialist Urban Transformation

      Karl Schlögel

I: Post-Socialism and the Dynamics of Urban Change

Toward a More Comprehensive Notion of Urban Change: Linking Post-Socialist Urbanism and Urban Theory

      Monika Grubbauer

Comeback or Revolution of the Cities?

      Regina Bittner

II: Urban Form and Representation

Continuity of Change vs. Change of Continuity: A Diagnosis and Evaluation of Warsaws Urban Transformation

      Magdalena Staniszkis

Gating Warsaw: Enclosed Housing Estates and the Aesthetics of Luxury

      Jacek Gadecki

The Liminal Cityscape: Post-Communist Warsaw as Collective Representation

      Dominik Bartmański

III: Social Practices and the City

Sanitation and Disorder in Warsaws Urban Space: Cultural Determinants of Waste Management

      Włodzimierz Karol Pessel

Visible and Invisible Ethnic Others in Warsaw: Spaces of Encounter and Places of Exclusion

      Aneta Piekut

Kiosks with Vodka and Democracy: Civic Cafés between New Urban Movements and Old Social Divisions

      Joanna Kusiak and Wojciech Kacperski

IV: Metropolitanism

The Laboratory of Polish Postmodernity: An Ethnographic Report from the Stadium-Bazaar

      Roch Sulima

Space, Class and the Geography of Polands Champagne (Post-)Socialism

      Kacper Pobłocki

The Cunning of Chaos and Its Orders: A Taxonomy of Urban Chaos in Post-Socialist Warsaw and Beyond

      Joanna Kusiak

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Product Details

Grubbauer, Monika
Campus Verlag
Kusiak, Joanna
Europe - General
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Campus Verlag - Interdisciplinary Urban Research
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8.38 x 5.5 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
History and Social Science » World History » European History General

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