Course date

9 July - 27 July, 2001
Application deadline
15 February, 2001
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

Iskra Dandolowa

Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

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

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 the available durable consumer goods, and as the different social groups try to express social distances through their 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.

The course intends to deal with the following issues:

  • What were the specific characteristics of social and spatial structures of Eastern and Central European societies inherited from the state-socialist period?
  • In what ways have these structures changed since 1989?
  • If the trends of the past few years can be extrapolated what kind of changes could be expected in the socio-spatial structure of Eastern and Central European countries in the future?

The course intends to analyze

  • post-communist regional and urban developments within the context of social and economic restructuring
  • regional and urban social and ethnic conflicts
  • the new forces structuring the socio-spatial structure of cities in the context of privatization, deregulation and globalization

Course content

  • Course Introduction – János Ladányi
  • Globalization and the Partitioning of Cities – Peter Marcuse
  • Regional and Urban Poverty and the Underclass. An International Comparison. Local Welfare Systems – Enzo Mingione
  • Changing Patterns of Social and Ethnic Residental Segregation. Suburbanization and Ghettoization - János Ladányi
  • Privatization and Urban Restructuring in Prague. Urbanism as a Way of Life Revisited – Jiri Musil
  • Computer Maps on Socio-Spatial Structure of Cities - Gábor Csanádi
  • Stigma and Division of American and French Poor – Loic Wacquant
  • Privatization and Urban Restructuring in Bulgarian Cities – Iskra Dandolowa
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Globalization and Partitioned Cities. Chairman: Peter Marcuse
  • New Forms of Urban Poverty. Chairman: Enzo Mingione
  • New Roles of Urban Culture and Multiculturality. Chairman: János Ladányi
  • We have recruited some of the best regional and urban specialists in order to give to this program a unique perspective via different disciplines from geography to sociology and history.


By combining all of the experts, the participants of this course will be able to come out of it with the best knowledge of regional and urban studies specifically for this region. Participants will be required to attend all lectures, seminars, round-table discussions and field trips.

Required Materials

A reader will be also compiled of selected articles and will be sent to the participants in advance. At the beginning of the course books related to the topic will be given to the participants.