Geografie 2014, 119, 278-298

Gated communities as a symbol of a postmodern city: the case of Prague

Tomáš Brabec

Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

Received April 2013
Accepted May 2014

The aim of this article is to present gated communities in Prague in the context of postmodern urbanization. The article focuses on the spatial distribution of gated communities, their social structure and the causes of emergence of these residential objects. The research is based on various scientific methods. The article shows that there is no statistically demonstrable logic behind the spatial distribution of gated communities in Prague. Particularly socially privileged inhabitants and affluent foreigners live in these residential areas. The emergence of gated communities in Prague is linked with various processes of postmodern urbanism (internationalization of capital and labour, social polarization, fragmentation, neoliberalism or postfordism).


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