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Post-Sovjet Vilnius: Giving meaning to abandoned buildings
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Lithuanian Social Research Centre.
2016 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, Vol. IX, no 1-2, 68-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the scope, causes, flourishing, and decline of squatting in Lithuanian society during the period of 1990-2002. Drawing on 16 in-depth interviews conducted with squatters in Vilnius, newspaper articles and legal documents, this paper shows that squatters made contributions to the city with their cultural capital, creating local subcultures and making the urban space more attractive. Squatters promoted an alternative way of life, contributed to the preservation of the city and fostered counter-cultural activities. They offered spaces for performances, exhibits, and concerts. These activities are still present up to this day in the Užupis neighborhood that hosted the most long-lived squat, which in turn was transformed into Art Incubator.

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2016. Vol. IX, no 1-2, 68-79 p.
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urban squatting, squatter settlements, Vilnius, housing policy, post-socialist, privatization, urban regime
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Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31065OAI: diva2:1044360
Swedish Research Council, 421-2010-1706
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2016-11-03Bibliographically approved

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