International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy: Volume 35 Issue 7/8


Table of contents - Special Issue: Loss and (re-) construction of public space in post-Soviet cities

Guest Editors: Associate Professor Carola Silvia Neugebauer and Lela Rekhviashvili

Public and communal spaces and their relation to the spatial dynamics of ethnic riots: Violence and non-violence in the city of Osh

Joldon Kutmanaliev

This paper is one of the first attempts to explain the local dynamics of the 2010 ethnic riots in Kyrgyzstan. No scholarly work has attempted to systematically analyze the 2010…

Marketization and the public-private divide: Contestations between the state and the petty traders over the access to public space in Tbilisi

Lela Rekhviashvili

The purpose of this paper is to critically examine the reasons behind a decade long contestations between the Georgian government and the petty traders over the access to the…


Davabirzhaot! Conflicting claims on public space in Tbilisi between transparency and opaqueness

Costanza Curro

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the form of young male socialisation referred to as birzha, in its relation to public space in Georgia. Birzha defines a group of young…

Intimacy and exposure – the Armenian “tun” and Yerevan’s public space

Susanne Helma Christiane Fehlings

In contrast to the dominant accounts in post-Soviet studies that see public and private as two spheres existing in parallel, the purpose of this paper is to argue that in Armenia…

Rhythms of being together: public space in Urban Tajikistan through the lens of rhythmanalysis

Wladimir Sgibnev

The purpose of this paper is to identify, describe and critically assess public space in the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan, recurring to Henri Lefebvre’s concept of…

The right to live in the city

Melanie Krebs

Moral values and behavioural codes that governed the urban life and the appropriation of urban spaces changed significantly in Baku over the last two decades leading to conflicts…

Struggle over public space: grassroots movements in Moscow and Vilnius

Jolanta Aidukaite, Christian Fröhlich

The purpose of this paper is to explore urban mobilisation patterns in two post-Soviet cities: Vilnius and Moscow. Both cities were subject to similar housing and urban policy…

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