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V. Molnár Building the State: Architecture, Politics, and State Formation in Post-War Central Europe. 2013 Routledge 210 pp. £70.00 (hardback)
The British Journal of Sociology
  • Kimberly Elman Zarecor, Iowa State University
Document Type
Book Review
Publication Version
Accepted Manuscript
Publication Date
6-1-2015
DOI
10.1111/1468-4446.12130
Abstract

Postwar architecture in Communist Europe has a reputation for ugliness, shoddy construction, and, through its very existence, complicity with the regimes. Scholars of the built environment have been slow to initiate research on the topic because of judgments about the quality of the architecture itself, as well as an aversion to the politically charged discourse around it. In this ambitious and multidisciplinary book, sociologist Virág Molnár works against these perceptions and decisively argues that our understanding of Communism in Europe must include an analysis of the ‘transformation of the built environment,’ since this transformation ‘was politically mobilized in the service of social change, first in socialist modernization and then in the post-socialist transition’ (p. 3).

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This is the accepted version of the following article: Zarecor, Kimberly Elman, “V. Molnár Building the State: Architecture, Politics, and State Formation in Post-War Central Europe. 2013 Routledge 210 pp. £70.00 (hardback),” The British Journal of Sociology 66 (2015): 394–395, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12130. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

Copyright Owner
London School of Economics and Political Science
Language
en
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Kimberly Elman Zarecor. "V. Molnár Building the State: Architecture, Politics, and State Formation in Post-War Central Europe. 2013 Routledge 210 pp. £70.00 (hardback)" The British Journal of Sociology Vol. 66 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 394 - 395
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kimberly_zarecor/13/