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The urbanization of transition: ideology and the urban experience

Golubchikov, Oleg 2016. The urbanization of transition: ideology and the urban experience. Eurasian Geography and Economics 57 (4-5) , pp. 607-623. 10.1080/15387216.2016.1248461

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Abstract

This paper debates the relationships between transition and urbanization by problematizing the operation of transition on three inter-related levels. Firstly, at the level of ideology, it is important to rehearse the understanding of transition from that of merely area-based reforms and rather understand it as a totalizing project of planetary reach, which completes the subjugation of the whole world to capitalism and crowns neoliberalism as the only global order. Secondly, at the level of practice, it is important to properly account for the spatializing effects of that ideology – which is not simply “domesticated” by local practices, but itself mediates the subsumption of pre-existing practices by capital, thus alienating them from their history. Thirdly, at the level of the urban: while urban change is usually portrayed merely as a projection of societal relations, the urban is actually the central stage where ideology mixes with the everyday, through which the societal change is mediated; new meanings, social relations and class divisions are construed; and through which ideological transition achieves its practical completeness. What combines these three levels is the notion of urbanization of transition, which articulates the centrality of the urban in the spectacular post-socialist experience.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Post-socialism, post-socialist city, critical geography, neoliberalism
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1538-7216
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 11 October 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:03
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/95309

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