Getting used to Petržalka: everyday life, everyday consumption, and relationship to a socialist housing estate

Date of Publication:

2014-02-19

Abstract:

The paper interconnects studies of everyday life and everyday consumption and research on socialist housing estates. It is based on an ethnographic study of Petržalka, the biggest housing estate in Bratislava, located at the south bank of the river Danube. We develop two arguments. First, we focus on perception of the socialist housing estate by citizens of Bratislava, and analyse the role that everyday life and routine practices played in appropriating/getting used to this specifi c urban space. Also, we claim that everyday routine practices help creating the specifi c image of the housing estate in the eyes of the inhabitants. In the second plan, and in reaction to the literature on “lived socialism”, the paper argues for a more elaborate defi nition of socialist consumption that would reflect theories of everyday life.

Keywords:

everyday life; everyday consumption; post-socialism; socialism; highrise housing estate; informality; appropriation of space

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