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Малые города
Maykova E.Y., Simonova E. - Local self-governance in the Russian towns: development patterns (on the example of Tver Region) pp. 1-17


Abstract: The subject of this article is the analysis of development patterns of local self-governance in the modern Russian towns, and determination of self-governance potential of the residents. Examination of the models of territorial organization of local self-governance and methods of formation of municipal authorities allows revealing the trends and nature of evolution of the local self-governance system. Having studies of the representations of residents of the Russian towns on the models of local self-governance, as well as their attitudes on participating in solution of the local problems, the author outlines the sociocultural foundations of the processes currently unfolding in municipalities. The object of this research is the towns of Tver Region. The data of 2018-2020 sociological monitoring conducted in Tver Region via the method of structured interview is presented. The author examines the models of territorial organization of local self-governance in the towns, as well as the prevalence of elective procedures in formation of the municipal branches. Analysis is conducted on the representations of towns population on the nature of local self-governance and its role in the administrative system of Russian society. The author examines opinion of the citizens on the models of territorial organization of local self-governance and methods of electing the head of municipality, and reveals the nature of their as stance on participation in the practices of self-governance. The author’s special contribution consists in the analysis of prevalence of different models of local self-governance in the towns, taking into account their spatial and geographical location, resource characteristics, and level of self-governance potential of the population. The acquired materials can be used by the state and municipal authorities in the process of formation of municipal administration systems and engagement of population in the practices of self-governance.
Zhigaltsova T. - Descriptive and emotional perception of the architectural spatial environment of a small arctic city pp. 20-27


Abstract: This article examines the image of a small arctic city and the architectural spatial environment based o the survey results of the dwellers of Far North. As an example is taken the city of Nikel in Murmansk Region that is located in arctic zone of the Russian Federation. The goal of this work consists in researching the place of residence; determination of correlation between the image of a city and the residence time; gender and age of residents; identification of places of emotional attachment; compiling a map of polar emotopia – favored and disfavored places among the dwellers of Nikel. The source base of this work is comprised by the results of anonymous survey conducted in January of 2017 among the local residents. The author makes a conclusion on the ned for implementing preventative measures in the places of emotional attachment with the help of converting the negative emotions into positive pertinent to the particular city loci and space overall for the purpose of preserving and strengthening the mental and psycho-emotional environment of a small city.
Zhabina S.A. - Social and economic aspects of creating confortable environment, at the example of minor towns of Moscow region pp. 25-33


Abstract: The problem of creating a clean, biosphere-compatible urban environment is currently one of the major issues for our society. Its importance is dictated by the multivectoral nature of modern megapolys development, which, in turn, becomes a stimulus for a transition from a technocratic model of urban planning to a biosphere-compatible one. However, the results of the current urban planning process appears ambiguous: by limiting industry development in some cases, the urban planners make other, no less serious problems, even worse. Because of this, the author believes that it is necessary to analyze the current situation in cities, to analyze the dynamics of environmentalist movements that are currently fashionable due to the modern social and political paradigms, to evaluate their potential good and harm. Case study is the main method of analysis in this work. The cases are analyzed for modern ecourban trends, deindustrialization, advertisement business regulations, ecologization, comprehensive planning, legal regulation of nuclear industry, interactions between environment movements and business. This work also employs traditional general scientific methods of inductive generalization of facts and deductive application of the generalizations generated, for the sake of identifying patterns in the dynamics of urban life. The author draws attention to the inconsistency of statements issued in the architecture and environment planning of modern cities, to the crises that we need to overcome for the sake of our civilization. The author points out the dysfunction of modern environmentalist movements - they are too political. And it becomes a reason for conflict situations and interferes with constructive dialog between the civil society and the Federal and municipal authorities (Selyatin and Khimki forest protection movements come to mind).
Zhigaltsova T. - Sacrificial heterotopias of a provincial town pp. 73-80


Abstract: Within the framework of emotional geography, this article reveals and examines the “unfavorable places” among the children of provincial town, as well as determines the types of “unfavorable places” – “open” and “closed”. The concept of “heterotopia” along with its classification introduced into the scientific discourse in 1966 by the French philosopher Michel Foucault is in the center of this work. The author introduced the notion of “sacrificial heterotopia” – a place ignored by the community, and thus, sacrificed by it for the sake of social tranquility and sense of rootedness in urban space. The data for this article is acquired through anonymous questionnaire that includes the drawings of the children (11-12 y.o.) of Velsk of Arkhangelsk Oblast. The author draws a conclusion on publicity of the “unfavorable places”, emotional segregation in the provincial town, and defined negative meaning of the neglected buildings in children’s emotional space. Out of the entire range of “unfavorable places”, the author highlights the universal heterotopias of the closed type: school, hospital, cemetery, the drawings of which are characterized by the presence of multiple repeating elements – window openings, school desks, tomb stone, and others.   
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