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The Performative Logic of Urban Space Contestation: Two Examples of Local Community Mobilisation in St. Petersburg

P. 139-162.
Tykanova E., Хохлова А. М.

The transition from Soviet state-planned economy to post-Soviet market economy has been marked by fundamental economic, political and social change in big Russian cities, including Saint Petersburg, including the impetuous transfer of state-owned urban lands into the commercial sector (Tev 2006) and increasing commercialisation of city spaces (Vorobyev and Campbell 2008). Following the logics of neoliberalisation (Harvey 2003), urban spaces progressively turn into investment mediums: the business elites deposit accumulated capital surplus in a growing number of new urban settings,thus making additional profits and coping with financial risks. This leads to a decrease in the proportion of industrial sectors in city economies in favour of the intensifying circulation of capital in real estate operations (Soja 1989).

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Edited by: C. Pickvance. Ashgate, 2015.