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Post-Soviet SocialNeoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics$
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Stephen J. Collier

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148304

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148304.001.0001

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City-building in Belaya Kalitva

City-building in Belaya Kalitva

(p.84) Chapter Four City-building in Belaya Kalitva
Post-Soviet Social

Stephen J. Collier

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at Soviet developments in the industrial city of Belaya Kalitva. The first part examines the plans that were developed for the city in the early 1960s in order to illustrate how the concepts of settlement and city khoziaistvo allowed city-builders to take hold of a specific reality and formulate proposals for its transformation. The second part describes the process through which some of the works anticipated in Belaya Kalitva's plans were actually built, focusing on urban utilities, material and bureaucratic structures, patterns of resource flow, and developments in industrial production. Through this analysis, the chapter shows that city-building provides a window on the process through which a new kind of collectivity was assembled in Soviet cities, as urban populations were linked together and plugged into a new substantive economy. In this sense, the city-building apparatus will be understood as a key dimension of the Soviet social.

Keywords:   Belaya Kalitva, settlement, khoziaistvo, urban utilities, bureaucratic structures, resource flow, industrial production, collectivity, urban populations, Soviet social

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