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Housing and Ethnicity in the Post-Soviet City: Ust'-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

Michael Gentile and Tiit Tammaru
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Michael Gentile: Stockholm School of Economics, Box 6501, Stockholm, SE-11383, Sweden,
Tiit Tammaru: Institute of Geography, University of Tartu, Vanemuise 46, Tartu 51014, Estonia,

Urban Studies, 2006, vol. 43, issue 10, 1757-1778

Abstract: Despite egalitarian aims, considerable social and ethnic segregation existed in countries with central planning. To date, however, research on residential segregation in the former state socialist countries of east central Europe and the former Soviet Union has been limited and has focused mainly on major metropolitan or capital-city areas and on social segregation. The aim of this study is to analyse ethnic post-Soviet segregation in housing in the medium-sized industrial city of Ust'-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. The paper uses data from the sample survey Cities of the Ruduyi Altay, and linear and logistic regression to analyse segregation by dwelling type, housing size and facilities between Kazakhs, Russians and other ethnic groups. The study reveals that the housing conditions of Kazakhs are considerably worse than those of both Russians and other ethnic groups.

Date: 2006
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