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New Formats of Communication Platforms in Cities


  • Lobodanova, Diana

    () (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA))


The goal of this article is to analyze different formats of communication in a city that imply interaction with stranger - an unknown person, a different one, which might be unpredictable. Modern theoretical concepts consider such communication to serve as a basis for the development of a city’s community social capital. The empirical results are based on the field studies in four Russian cities (Yaroslavl, Naberezhnie Chelny, Mahachkala, Lipetsk). Though the last few years show the rise of different communication formats opened for every citizen, in some cities communities try to stand apart from other communities, creating their own places of communication. At the same time the conflict potential in this cities is high and the need for open communication between different communities raises dramatically. The author concludes that the most effective ways to reduce social fragmentation are supporting different formats of communication through discussion projects and encouraging communities of interest (especially sport communities). Moreover there could be effective ways to manage public infrastructure in order to make it a platform for communities’ interaction.

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  • Lobodanova, Diana, 2015. "New Formats of Communication Platforms in Cities," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, vol. 2, pages 174-192.
  • Handle: RePEc:rnp:ecopol:ep1527

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    1. Manuel Castells, 2002. "Local and Global: Cities in the Network Society," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 93(5), pages 548-558, December.
    2. Ash Amin, 2008. "Collective culture and urban public space," City, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(1), pages 5-24, April.
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    communication; urban environment; public places; social capital;

    JEL classification:

    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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