Delayed underurbanization and the closed-city effect: The case of Ust'-Kamenogorsk
2003 (English)In: Eurasian geography and economics, ISSN 1538-7216, Vol. 44, no 2, 144-156 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A field study conducted by the author based on a 2001 survey (N = 3,136) compares data on population change at the individual settlement level from the 1999 census of Kazakhstan with unpublished data from the 1989 census. The author documents the unique phenomenon of "delayed underurbanization" in the formerly closed East Kazakh city of Ust'-Kamenogorsk (ca. 300,000 inhabitants in 2002), arguing that the limited financial resources of rural migrants to that city (recently accessible to residents of its rural hinterland) have created spatial patterns of residence and commuting similar to those under the Soviet underurbanization model for open cities. The study, covering an area dominated by military-industrial and/or mining-metallurgical economies, is relevant to research focused on other formerly closed cities throughout the Soviet Union.
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2003. Vol. 44, no 2, 144-156 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-9731DOI: 10.2747/1538-722.214.171.124ISI: 000182352500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-9731DiVA: diva2:428869