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Urban diversity and the production of public space in Budapest

Boros, Lajos and Fabula, Szabolcs and Horváth, Dániel and Kovács, Zoltán (2016) Urban diversity and the production of public space in Budapest. HUNGARIAN GEOGRAPHICAL BULLETIN, 65 (3). pp. 209-224. ISSN 2064-5031 (In Press)

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Abstract

Public spaces are spaces for representation of individuals, social groups, ideologies, values, cultures. At the same time, public spaces are commodifi ed and “disneyfi ed” in capitalism, thus, the creation of a homogeneous, “desirable” spatial form and use of public space is often intended. Therefore, their production is characterised by constant rivalries and struggles and causes social confl icts. In addition, the production of public spaces in post-socialism has distinct development paths which is often characterised by contradicting traditions and objectives regarding the spatial form and the everyday practices taking place there. These contradictions create confl icts between various individuals, social groups, actors of urban policies etc. The aim of the paper is to investigate how urban social diversity is (re)presented in the public spaces of the 8th district of Budapest, Józsefváros. Which groups and values are more visible than others? How do local people use public spaces? The research is based on the content analysis of policy documents and interviews conducted with local residents of Józsefváros – one of the most diverse districts of Budapest. According to our results, the fragmented nature of the local society is refl ected in the use of public space: diversity is present between the public spaces and not within them. Furthermore, some of the recent developments support the homogenisation of values and behaviours in public spaces.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography / gazdasági-társadalmi földrajz > GF1 Settlement geography / településföldrajz
H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HM Sociology / társadalomkutatás > HM4 Social processes / társadalmi folyamatok
Depositing User: Lajos Boros
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 10:44
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 10:44
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/41483

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