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The "soviet" factor: Exploring perceived housing inequalities in a midsized city in the Donbas, Ukraine
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre on Health of Societies in Transition). University of Helsinki, Finland.
2015 (English)In: Urban geography, ISSN 0272-3638, E-ISSN 1938-2847, Vol. 36, no 5, 696-720 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I revisit the role of Soviet legacy factors in explaining todays housing inequalities in a midsized post-Soviet city by investigating social, demographic, economic and geographic determinants of perceived housing quality. Building on a sample survey dataset (n = 3,000) that brings together both Soviet legacy effects and more universal influences on housing inequality, it is shown that various aspects of Soviet housing policy can be traced as well-preserved legacies today. The survey was conducted in 2009 in Stakhanov, Ukraine, and the method of analysis is binomial logistic regression. By capturing both the social costs attributed to the post-Soviet transition crisis as well as the underlying legacy factors inherited from the Soviet epoch, the findings suggest that any analysis of housing inequalities or residential segregation in the post-socialist city must come to terms with the impacts of socialist-era economic priorities on the urban social landscape.

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2015. Vol. 36, no 5, 696-720 p.
Keyword [en]
Donbas, housing inequalities, landscapes of priority, post-socialist city, shortage economy, socialist city, Ukraine
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27824DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2015.1012363ISI: 000355812800004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84930926593OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-27824DiVA: diva2:824413
Available from: 2015-06-22 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-06-29Bibliographically approved

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