In this Book

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With the collapse of state socialism, the people of Budapest are rearranging their points of reference as the cityscape’s familiar signposts disappear. In what sense is the transformation of Budapest different from the experience of "Western" cities? What does all this mean if viewed, as this book suggests, as a part of global restructuring? Through Budapest’s example, Judit Bodnár shows how the postsocialist experience of east-central European cities offers a fresh and instructive view of our general farewell to modernity. Fin de Millénaire Budapest combines historical narratives and ethnographic accounts with quantitative evidence to create a richly detailed picture of a city subjected to the forces of great local and global change. In the privatizing of public space, the decline of manufacturing, the rapid growth of services, and the opening of opportunities for entrepreneurs, Bodnár captures global urban patterns-with a distinct, central European accent. In particular, she shows tensions between the liberating and fragmenting effects of the increasingly private use of urban space and some ways in which the new urban patterns both resemble and transcend cultural patterns from Budapest’s socialist past.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Posted: Socialism, Modernity, State
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. Constructing Difference: Western versus Non-Western, Capitalist versus Socialist Urban Logic
  2. pp. 13-34
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  1. 3. "He That Hath to Him Shall Be Given": Inequalities of Housing Privatization
  2. pp. 35-58
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  1. 4. Inner City Doubly Renewed: Global Phenomenon, Local Accents
  2. pp. 59-102
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  1. 5. Assembling the Square: Social Transformation in Public Space and the Broken Mirage of the Second Economy
  2. pp. 103-128
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  1. 6. Globalizing Art and Consumption: Art Movies and Shopping Malls
  2. pp. 129-156
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  1. 7. Urban Texture Unraveling: Fragmentation of the City
  2. pp. 157-182
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Appendix: Models of Housing Privatization
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 195-206
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816691616
Related ISBN
9780816635849
MARC Record
OCLC
560269824
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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