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Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms

Critical Reflections from a Global Perspective

by (author) Lisa B.W. Drummond & Douglas Young

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2020
Geography, General
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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.

About the authors

Lisa B.W. Drummond is an associate professor in the Urban Studies Program In the Department of Social Science at York University.

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Douglas Young is Assistant Professor of Social Science and teaches Urban Studies at York University, Toronto. He has worked as an architect, planner, and developer of non-profit housing co-operatives.

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Editorial Reviews

"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."

<em>Journal of Eurasian Geography and Economics</em>

"Socialist urban legacies are an integral and vital part of the modern world, without which it would look different. Furthermore, these legacies are still in effect and reveal their traces in various spheres, sometimes the most unexpected ones. The authors’ efforts to analyse those influences ‘from around the socialist world’ (p. 3) is thus meaningful, timely, and promising."


"This book contributes original research on socialist and post-socialist urbanisms, which is necessary for anyone who strives to understand how past decisions still and very much influence present production of space and of spatial imaginations, within either a socialist or post-socialist context."

<em>Connections: A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists</em>

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