Our choice: the book “Citizen. What do we know about a resident of a big city? ”

"Citizen" is a collection of articles from the Strelka Institute. The authors of the collection were Russian scientists: political scientist Yekaterina Shulman, philosopher Vitaly Kurennoy, philologist Mikhail Krongauz, architect Yuri Grigoryan, psychologist Maria Flickman, anthropologist Mikhail Alekseevsky and others. Each of them tried to look at urban issues and describe the image of a city dweller from the point of view of his scientific discipline. As a result, the authors answer (or state that they cannot answer, and this happens) to a wide range of questions: can a city dweller be alone, why are citizens doomed to political activity, why is modern man still not created for cities, how have the media influenced and continue to influence urban development.

"Citizen" is not a textbook on life in the city, and most likely, the book will not tell you everything you need to know about the modern city dweller.

But this collection will help to understand a little more about the environment that surrounds us. According to the Federal State Statistics Service, now in Russia the urban population is 74.5%. Therefore, as one of the authors of the collection, Ekaterina Shulman, writes, it can be said without exaggeration that "Russia is a country of cities and townspeople."

Varvara Melnikova

director of the Strelka Institute

In an environment where different intellectual coexist and political traditions, the question remains unresolved: what weight - and on what scales - does the position of a city dweller have? How to coordinate it with the positions of its neighbors, the opinions of experts and the intentions of stakeholders? To do this, you need to understand how life works.

This collection is useful to the marketer, official, architect and urbanist, but the last thing we want to do is to be perceived as a user guide. Our book is addressed to the townspeople themselves. The collection will help them better understand and express their interests across the city, without giving this work to the experts.



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