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City and mass culture
Siiukhova A. - Embodiment of the cosmos archetype in public architectural spaces of the modern suburban towns pp. 1-8


Abstract: The subject of this research is the reflection of an image of cosmic infinity in the urban interiors designated for public leisure and perception of art in the provincial towns: theatre, philharmonic, movie theatre, shopping mall. The article presents the dynamics of changes in the attitude towards the building as a model of Cosmos, beginning from the era of ancient civilizations and until present times. The public architecture of small cities is being analyzed within the time frame of the early XX century until today. Special attention is given to the examination of the décor of the roofs and ceilings, which spatially and conceptually most vividly reflect the idea of the sky and cosmos. Scientific novelty consists in the introduction into the scientific discourse of the empirical data about the artistic-aesthetic properties of the historical and cultural importance of the public buildings in the provincial regions of Russia on the example of Maykop, Ryazan, and Penza. The article justifies the possibility of the cyclic returns to the stylistics of classical canon in architecture due to the search of the lost in the postmodern era perception of the stability of being.
Bozhok N.S. - Cultural identity of urban communities of the historical reenactors pp. 18-27


Abstract: The object of this research is the cultural identity of urban communities of the historical reenactors. The subject of the author’s scientific interest is the mechanisms and practices substantiating the specificity of positive cultural identity of the communities, united within the framework of the historical reenactment movement. The article examines the dominant trends in the development of modern reenactment movement: trend towards the fragmentation of movement and complication of the structure of collective identity, and intention towards unity. Special attention is given to the identification of mechanisms that allow retaining and maintaining balance between the processes of differentiation and integration of reenactment movement. Methodologically, the author’s understanding of the specificity of collective identity of the historical reenactors is based on the theoretical ideas of H. Blumer, N. Smelser and P. Sztompka, as well as the theory of new social movements that focus attention on their sociocultural dimension. The scientific novelty consists in the fact that this article is first to comprehensively analyze cultural components of the collective identity of the historical reenactment movement; as well as determine its structural components, mechanism and characteristic attributes. It is substantiated that under the influence of the modern global trends, cultural identity of reenactors along with the basic components attaints the new ones that contribute to the expansion of cultural-historical mobility and cohesion of reenactment movement.
Eremenko I.A. - Status of the World Heritage City a kiss of death or resource in a conflict of interest? The case of Stralsund and Wismar pp. 28-36


Abstract: This article examines the transformation of urban space associated with the status of the World Heritage City, as well as the conflicts arising in this regard. The author faces a question whether the status of the World Heritage City does not allow any changes or they are possible, and the status is the resource in a conflict of interests. The two German cities Stralsund and Wismar with shared status of the World Heritage City were selected as the cases for this work. The research material contains the collected by the author expert interviews with the municipal administration, local activists, employees of the museums and tourist centers, and representatives of the local business. The article also analyzes the material from the two groups on Facebook belonging to the municipal government and the Green Party of Stralsund. The study demonstrates that the status of the World Heritage City imparts strict limitations upon the transformations of the urban space, but does not make their implementation completely impossible. There are times when different actors, such as municipal administration, use the status in diverse ways, depending on their interests.
Bozhok N.S. - Inclusive culture of urban communities: on the example of historical reenactors pp. 61-74


Abstract: The relevance of the study is determined by the need to study and generalize the positive experience of implementing inclusive practices initiated by non–state actors - formal and informal associations of reconstructors. The subject of the research in this article is the inclusive culture of urban communities of historical reenactors, and the main goal is to identify the specifics of inclusive culture based on the analysis of the normative and value system of the reenactor movement and current socio–cultural practices implemented in the public space of the Russian city. The theoretical and methodological foundations of the analysis are the conceptual provisions of the model of inclusive culture of the city, developed by the participants of the interdisciplinary project of the RFBR "Inclusive culture of social time: modern urban context (Lower Volga region)". Empirical research methods are used – included observation, secondary analysis of interviews. The novelty of the presented research is determined by the introduction into scientific circulation of new empirical material, the analysis of which allows us to reveal the inclusive readiness and specifics of the inclusive culture of the reenactors who are part of the All-Russian social movement "Historical Reconstruction Clubs". The author comes to the conclusion that the associations of reenactors belong to an inclusive community that shares key inclusive values – acceptance and support of diversity and participation. An important aspect of the inclusive culture of reenactors is participation in practical activities aimed at creating a barrier-free urban environment, an interactive communicative space in order to represent the world and domestic cultural and historical experience.
Kibenko V.A. - Verification of the Strategy for the Development of the Sphere of Culture of the City of Salekhard pp. 61-73



Abstract: The article presents the main results of a sociological study of the state and prospects for the development of the cultural sphere of the municipality of Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. The object of this study was the sphere of culture of Salekhard, the subject is the state and problems of its development. The study was applied in nature and was aimed at obtaining an analytical basis for further verification of the effectiveness of the implementation of the strategy of socio-economic development of the municipality of Salekhard until 2030 in terms of the development of the city's cultural sphere, as well as the adjustment of existing and development of new provisions of this strategy. The results of the study, based on the data of an expert survey and sociological observation, indicate significant achievements in the development of the cultural sphere of the city of Salekhard. Thus, the celebration of the Reindeer Herder's Day in Salekhard has become not only a holiday of local significance, but also acquired the status of a tourist brand of the region. It is revealed that despite significant achievements, there are also problems associated with the shortage of young creative personnel, the deterioration of the material and technical base of cultural institutions of the city. Promising areas for the development of the cultural sphere are such as the creation of open and closed citywide venues for mass events, as well as the development of creative public spaces. In addition, the creation of a drama theater may become a new direction.
Antonova A.A. - Classification of public space in modern urban culture pp. 74-80


Abstract: The subject of this research is the detection of new forms of the urban public spaces that play a role of self-determination and identification for a modern city dweller. The article attempt to classify the aforementioned norms. For realization of this goal, the author defined the fundamental elements of social sphere, the presence of which encourages the emergence and development of the public urban spaces. The work reviews the contemporary concepts of examination of the urban space from the perspective of globalization processes, “fluidity” and “mobility” of the modern world and society. Relevance of this research lies in the ability to conceptualize the processing taking place in modern urban space. In order to explain the transformations of urban public spaces, the author synthesizes the classical concepts of publicity, methodology of “mobile sociology”, and theory of the “third place” that resulted in a comprehensive study of the object. The suggested methodological scheme can be applied in analyzing the public spaces of any city. The article is first to discuss the establishment of new urban culture in the context of spatial transformations.
Gorokhovskaya L.G. - Exotic for our city: discursive analysis in designing a tourism attraction pp. 102-110


Abstract: The object of this research is the historical quarter of Old Vladivostok called “Millionka”. The article is focused on the problem of designing tourism attraction as an imaginary site. The goal consists in analysis of the strategy of such designing. The research materials contain the publications on Millionka in digital media of Vladivostok, information from the website of the City Museum of Local Lore, YouTube video of a tour. Methodologically, the article is based on the discursive analysis of the texts, which allowed viewing the peculiarities of communication strategy on designing a tourism attraction by outlining the frames of perception, central themes and concepts that form representation on Millionka, as well as determining the combination of discursive genres. The conclusion is formulated that the design of a tourism attraction is a specific cultural product that relies on the practice of creation of an “imaginary site”. The historical discourse demonstrates milestone in the existence of Millionka and allows concluding on functionality of its space as a palimpsest. Leaning on H. Lefebvre’s concept of the production of space applicable to the practices of designing an “imaginary sire”, analysis is conducted on the two forms: representation of space and space of representation. The author reveals the key peculiarities of the design of Millionka within the frame of “uniqueness and unusualness”, explores the basic strategy of exotization of the Other using the techniques of mythologization, proxemics and all-factor communication. The author underlines prevalence of the strategy of “revision of a site” and consumer discourse in designing a tourism attraction.
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