Course date

5 July - 25 July, 1999
Application deadline
15 February, 1999
Course Director(s): 

Janos Ladanyi

Sociology, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Gabor Csanadi

Institute of Sociology and Social Research Methodology, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary

Gyorgy Enyedi

Center for Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Ruth Gruber

Writer, photographer, editor and independent scholar, USA

Jozsef Hegedus

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Eva van Kempen

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thomas Knorr-Siedow

IRS, Erkner, Germany

Peter Marcuse

Columbia University in the City of New York, United States of America

Enzo Mingione

Sociology, University of Padua, Italy

Jiri Musil

Central European University, Prague, Czech Republic

Ivan Tosics

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Licia Valladares

IUPERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The socio-economic structure of a city and the spatial allocation of different social groups can be interpreted as the spatially objective reflection of their complex system of social relations. As the house or apartment has the highest value among available durable consumer goods and as the different social groups are trying to express social distances by spatial segregation the changes in the socio-spatial structure of cities can be interpreted as one of the best indicators of changes in basic structural inequalities.
In Eastern European cities residental segregation increased significantly during the post-Communist transition. Higher status groups began to move out of the cities into the suburbs and the decline of the inner-city accelerated. Disadvantaged social and ethnic groups are strongly concentrated in urban slums. Subsequently, many Eastern European cities are falling into two parts: one which consists of higher status groups and where business and administration functions are becoming more similar to those in Western European cities, whereas the other part is mostly inhabited by the ’losers’ of post-Communist transition and is becoming more and more similar to third world cities.
The course intends to analyze 
- post-Communist urban developments within the context of social and economic  restructuring, 
- the new forces structuring the socio-spatial structure of cities in the context of  privatization, deregulation and globalization, 
- the new roles of urban culture and multiculturality. 
We have recruited some of the world’s most famous urban specialists in order to give this program a unique perspective via different disciplines from geography to sociology and history.