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Urban Grassroots Movements in Post-socialist Czechia: Spatial, Social, Cultural, and Political Context

  • Michaela Pixová
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Abstract

This chapter provides a conceptual, theoretical, and contextual introduction of the research this book is based on. It contextualizes the role of urban grassroots movements in cities undergoing neoliberal restructuring and outlines the advantages of the political process theory in researching the Czech situation. The following sections provide the spatial and sociocultural context of these movements, focusing on the characteristics of Czech cities under socialism and post-socialism, and of the civil society and political culture in Czechia. Czech urban grassroots movements are conceptualized here as an important challenge to the democratic deficit in Czech cities, whose perspectives reveal the defining features of Czech urban conflicts. Attention is paid to the problem of corporate capture of the Czech state and the way it affects urban processes.

Keywords

Urban grassroots movements Neoliberal restructuring Democratic deficit State capture Post-socialism 

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  • Michaela Pixová
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  1. 1.Institute of Sociological StudiesCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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