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Workers´ colony Karlov was built by Škoda Works in 1913 to accommodate the growing number of its employees. Attached to the factory´s walls and thus spatially segregated from the rest of the city, inhabitants of Karlov built a relatively close-knit neighbourhood community with a strong place-based identity. Based on the analysis of archival material and data from interviews with its former inhabitants, we follow Karlov´s voyage from capitalism to state-socialism at the levels of both macro-structural forces and its´ inhabitants´ experience of everyday life. Built to serve particular economic and political functions for the pre-war capitalist production, Karlov ceased to fulfi l these roles under state-socialism which refused to invest in Karlov´s renovation after serious damages caused by an air-raid during the WWII. Slowly losing its macrostructural raison d’être, Karlov was doomed to fi nal demolition in 1986, being represented as an “obstacle” to industrial development. Meeting regularly twice a year and recalling the past, former neighbours from Karlov actively revalidate their collective identity attached to a place that does not exist anymore, thus becoming real community of an imagined place.
working class ethnography; the everyday; production of space; identity; socialism; urban anthropology