Cover

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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

This book began as my dissertation research, which was made possible by grants from the Research Support Scheme of the Central European University and from OTKA, the National Science Research Fund of Hungary (under code F 7111). ...

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1. Posted: Socialism, Modernity, State

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pp. 1-12

Time has accelerated in postsocialist Budapest. City dwellers are losing their points of reference; the cityscape's secure signposts are disappearing at a speed not experienced before. People are learning new codes, from the overhaul of all telephone numbers to the renaming of some basic points of orientation, especially of the official kind, ...

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2. Constructing Difference: Western versus Non-Western, Capitalist versus Socialist Urban Logic

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pp. 13-34

The cities of east-central Europe have stirred little sentiment in the history of urban studies. They attracted some attention when they became socialist, but their debut on the theoretical stages of urban sociology was somewhat feeble even then. ...

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3. "He That Hath to Him Shall Be Given": Inequalities of Housing Privatization

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pp. 35-58

On September 15, 1993, Mr. K. became the happy owner of a small villa in the Buda hills. Just three years earlier he had risked a sum that would have bought him a new stereo and put a down payment on the inner-city apartment he had rented from the district government for some thirty years. ...

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4. Inner City Doubly Renewed: Global Phenomenon, Local Accents

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pp. 59-102

Postsocialist Budapest is undergoing a very selective renewal. The inner city is being "revived," as analysts and investors say, equating life with the movement of capital. Some see "gentrification in the inner city... proceeding along easily recognizable Western lines" (Kovacs, 1990:118). Other areas are rapidly deteriorating, creating striking contrasts sometimes in tight spaces. ...

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5. Assembling the Square: Social Transformation in Public Space and the Broken Mirage of the Second Economy

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pp. 103-128

In early December 1994, in the Hungarian weekly Magyar Narancs, a new category appeared on the "Page of Records"—a sophisticated guide to the "best" places and services in Budapest: "The Most Unsightly Square in Europe."1 The award went to Budapest's Moszkva ter (Moscow Square). ...

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6. Globalizing Art and Consumption: Art Movies and Shopping Malls

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pp. 129-156

In November 1996, two items of cultural news stirred public opinion among Budapest's educated circles. An announcement of plans for the restructuring of Budapest's extremely successful and well-liked art movie theater network, in operation for six years at that time, came after several months of bitterness and resentment— ...

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7. Urban Texture Unraveling: Fragmentation of the City

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pp. 157-182

Mike Davis (1992a) connects his analysis of urban change in contemporary Los Angeles to my topic by observing that "as the walls have come down in eastern Europe, they are being erected all over Los Angeles" (228). True to a local tradition, he gives a noir account of how public space is extinguished, militarized, privatized, or semiprivatized in L.A. ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 183-188

In his book on central Europe, in which he uses the river Danube as the poetic focus, Italian essayist Claudio Magris (1989) writes about fin de siècle Budapest: ...

Appendix: Models of Housing Privatization

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pp. 189-194

Notes

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pp. 195-206

Works Cited

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pp. 207-218

Index

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pp. 219-222

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About the Author

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Judit Bodnár is a research fellow in the Center for Russian, Central, and East European Studies at Rutgers University and a member of the Trans-Plan(e)t Research Group for Comparative-Historical Cross-Border Studies in Budapest. ...