Contemporary changes of social environment within the Czech settlement system: cities – suburbs - villages

Authors: Martin Ouředníček*, Charles University, Faculty of Science, Jana Jíchová, Charles University, Faculty of Science, Zuzana Kopecká, Charles University, Faculty of Science
Topics: Urban Geography, Social Geography, Population Geography
Keywords: suburbanization, migration, settlement system, Czechia;
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The paper maps new trends within the Czech settlement system where de-concentration processes and the growth of smaller settlements is one of the most significant features today. Part of this process could be ascribed to suburbanization, which is common for the majority of post-socialist countries from 1990s onwards. However, relatively high proportion of small villages has been growing significantly outside the metropolitan regions during the last decennia. We would ask (i) whether suburbanization is still the dominant process within the Czech settlement system; (ii) what is the role of counterurbanization and reurbanization processes; and (iii) which factors have influenced changes in urbanization processes within the Czech settlement system. Specific attention is paid to the changes of social structure and social environment in various types of settlements: large cities, towns, suburban municipalities and villages outside metropolitan regions. For the analyses of social structure, we will use selected data on migration, natural increase, and crime.

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