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Post-cosmopolitan Cities: Explorations of Urban Coexistence / Edition 1

Post-cosmopolitan Cities: Explorations of Urban Coexistence / Edition 1

by Caroline Humphrey, Vera SkvirskajaCaroline Humphrey


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Examining the way people imagine and interact in their cities, this book explores the post-cosmopolitan city. The contributors consider the effects of migration, national, and religious revivals (with their new aesthetic sensibilities), the dispositions of marginalized economic actors, and globalized tourism on urban sociality. The case studies here share the situation of having been incorporated in previous political regimes (imperial, colonial, socialist) that one way or another created their own kind of cosmopolitanism, and now these cities are experiencing the aftermath of these regimes while being exposed to new national politics and migratory flows of people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782386773
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Series: Space and Place , #9
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Vera Skvirskaja is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Anthropology at Copenhagen University. She has worked in arctic Siberia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Her recent research interests include urban cosmopolitanism, educational migration in Europe and coexistence in the post-Soviet city.

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Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja

Chapter 1. Odessa: Pogroms in a Cosmopolitan City

Caroline Humphrey

Chapter 2. Negotiating Cosmopolitanism: Migration, Religious Education and Shifting Jewish Orientation in Post-Soviet Odessa

Marina Sapritsky

Chapter 3. At the City’s Social Margins: Selective Cosmopolitans in Odessa

Vera Skvirskaja

Chapter 4. ‘A Gate, but Leading Where?’ In Search of Actually Existing Cosmopolitanism in Post-Soviet Tbilisi

Martin Demant Frederiksen

Chapter 5. Cosmopolitan Architecture: ‘Deviations’ from Stalinist Aesthetics and the Making of Twenty-first Century Warsaw

G. Michał Murawski

Chapter 6. Sinking and Shrinking city: Cosmopolitanism, Historical Memory and Social Change in Venice

Joanna Kostylo

Chapter 7. Haunted by the Past: Immigration and Thessaloniki’s Questionable Path to a New Cosmopolitanism

Panos Hatziprokopiou

Chapter 8. ‘For Badakshan – the Country without Borders!’: Village Cosmopolitans, Urban-Rural Networks and the Post-Cosmopolitan City in Tajikistan

Magnus Marsden

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