Chasing Warsaw: Socio-Material Dynamics of Urban Change by (eds.) Monika Grubbauer, Joanna Kusiak

By (eds.) Monika Grubbauer, Joanna Kusiak

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By (eds.) Monika Grubbauer, Joanna Kusiak

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2006, 5; Tsenkova 2006, 24). However, as already noted above, the dominant interpretation is in conceiving of the processes of spatial reorganization and socio-spatial differentiation as consequences of or in their relation to institutional reconfigurations and economic reforms. In their recent intervention, Sýkora and Bouzarovski offer “a more explicit grounding of the theorisation of urban TOWARD A MORE COMPREHENSIVE NOTION OF URBAN CHANGE 51 change in post-communist cities” (2012, 43) by explicitly addressing this problem of multiple transformations on different levels.

Its most visible effects were discernible in the large cities, and especially in the capital cities of the region, which proved to be the central sites of postsocialist transformation. This centrality was manifested in high rates of economic growth and the fast pace of economic diversification. At the same time, the large cities of the region experienced growing disparities in income and work opportunities. Tendencies of gentrification emerged and poverty in cities became increasingly visible. As a consequence, from the mid-1990s onward the major cities of the region underwent profound processes of spatial reorganization, economic and labor market restructuring and a reconstitution of their social and cultural life.

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