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Residenční suburbanizace v post-komunistické České republice, její kořeny, tradice a současnost. Případová studie brněnských suburbií.

Title in English Residential Suburbanization in the Post-Communist Czech Republic, its Roots, Tradition and Present. A Case Study on Brno Suburbs.


Year of publication 2008
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source IVRIS Papers
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Sociology, demography
Keywords suburbanization; urban sprawl; urbanism; individualization; Czech Republic; Brno; post-socialist development
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Description The text deals with one of the most important phenomenon of current urbanization processes in Czech Republic - the suburbanization. The case study of chosen residential suburbs of the city of Brno illustrates the important changes connected with the post-socialist situation of the Czech Republic. The structural changes on the political and economical level impact the everyday questions of lifestyles and housing dramatically. In the statements of the participants is the opposite polarity of city and country/village interpreted as a life on border between two different realms which are constantly assimilating to each other. Suburbanization involves firstly spread of the city and migration of the urban inhabitants into the side areas or countryside, secondly the drift of these rural areas and its inhabitants to the urban way of life. In the first part the text is devoted to the theoretical question of the processes of urbanization and suburbanization, further describes the specifics of the socialistic planning of residential areas, its roots in the avant-garde urban tradition of the First Czechoslovak Republic between the WWI and WWII, the question of living in blocks of flats after the WWII and the post socialist development of the suburbs. The second part offers the first conclusions of the case study made in the Brno suburbs.
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