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Title Political theory and community building in post-Soviet Russia / edited by Oleg Kharkhordin and Risto Alapuro
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 237 pages) : illustrations
Series BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European studies ; v. 71
BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European studies ; v. 71
Contents pt. 1. Links with conventional theories -- pt. 2. Case studies
Summary "This book revisits many aspects of current social science theories, such as actor-network theory and the French school of science and technology studies, to test how the theories apply in a specific situation: in this case the role of Soviet era infrastructure in the city of Cherepovets in Russia, home of Russia's second biggest steel producer, Severstal. Using political philosophy to analyse the down-to-earth details of the real techno-scientific problems facing the world, the book examines the role of things -- and urban infrastructure in particular -- in political change. It considers how the city's infrastructure, including housing, ICT networks, the provision of public utilities of all kinds, has been transformed in recent years; examines the roles of different actors including the municipal authorities, and explores citizens' differing and sometimes contradictory images of their city. It includes a great deal of new thinking on how communities are built, how common action is initiated to provide public goods, and how the goods themselves -- physical things -- are a crucial driver of community action and community building, arguably more so than more abstract social and human forces"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Community development -- Political aspects -- Russia (Federation) -- Cherepovet͡s.
Community development -- Russia (Federation) -- Cherepovet͡s.
Infrastructure (Economics) -- Russia (Federation) -- Cherepovet͡s.
Form Electronic book
Author Alapuro, Risto, 1944-
Kharkhordin, Oleg, 1964-
ISBN 0203835247 (electronic bk.)
1136855114 (electronic bk.)
9780203835241 (electronic bk.)
9781136855115 (electronic bk.)