Contested Czech Cities

From Urban Grassroots to Pro-democratic Populism

Authors: Pixová, Michaela

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  • Sheds light on the current state of Czech civil society and its relationship with the neoliberal urban developmentContributes to literature on post-socialist social movements - an emerging and rapidly expanding fieldProvides a fresh contribution to the fields of social movement studies, urban studies, anthropology of post-socialism and critical geography

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This book focuses on urban grassroots movements in post-socialist Czechia and their struggle against unprofessional and nondemocratic urban processes in their cities. It shows that in the context of neoliberal urban restructuring, weakly consolidated democracy, and corporate capture of the local state, urban activists often resort to entering electoral competition as the only efficient way of improving the situation in their cities. The book is based on four case studies from different Czech cities, narrating stories of activists struggling against a controversial flood protection project, the demolition of public buildings, an unhealthy land-use plan, arrogant development, and overpriced city halls. It offers valuable insight into the obstacles created by institutionalized forms of power abuse which urban activists must deal with and discusses the pro-democratic potential of urban grassroot movements’ efforts to overcome their limited ability to influence political processes via standard means of civic engagement and protest activities.

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Michaela Pixová, Ph.D., is a human geographer engaging in research, writing, teaching, and activism. Her professional and personal interests span a wide range of socio-spatial themes, particularly those centering around urban space and urban life, and most recently climate change, environmental crises, and movements surrounding these issues.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-329-709-8
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-329-708-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contested Czech Cities
Book Subtitle
From Urban Grassroots to Pro-democratic Populism
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-329-709-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-32-9709-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-329-708-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 186
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
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