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A new book on the socio-spatial differentiation of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region has been published!

We have a new book on the socio-spatial differentiation of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region! The book is one of the outputs of the project Prague suburbs: the dynamics of social environment within the growing metropolis, which was supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic and ran from 2018 to 2021. The objectives of the project were to map contemporary changes in the social environment of the Czech suburbs and to test hypotheses about increasing ethnic heterogenization and the return of part of the suburban population back to the core cities. The book is in English and is entitled Prague and Central Bohemia: Current Population Processes and Socio-spatial Differentiation The editor of the book is Doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček Ph.D.

What is the book about?

The theme of socio-spatial differentiation has belonged to the core issues of social geography and urban studies for a long time. The general aim of the book is to describe and explain the current socio-spatial differentiation of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region and the processes that have influenced it during the first two decades of the twenty-first century. The book offers its own theoretical perspective on the structuration of spatial patterns and the social environment, a general view of regional development, and the main socio-spatial processes of the period after transition. Maps are an important part of this volume and concentrate crucial information within most chapters. Apart from the static information described in the maps, the book offers a look at current population “processes”, as hinted at by the subtitle of the publication. The presentation and evaluation of “processes” require more dynamic forms of cartographic visualisation and new methods of investigation. Among them, new tools of segregation measurement, various approaches for the use of mobile phone data, and an innovative form of population forecast are presented in the book. The common thread connecting all chapters is a regional focus on Prague and the Central Bohemian Region and a quantitative approach to comparing spatial patterns and regional processes.

What chapters are in the book and who are the authors?

  1. Prague and the Central Bohemia Region: Main Socio-Spatial Processes in the Period After Transition (Martin Ouředníček)
  2. Methodological Approach: Concentric Zones of Prague and Typology of Municipalities in the Central Bohemian Region (Martin Ouředníček, Jiří Nemeškal)
  3. Spatial Patterns of the Foreign Population in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region: The State 10 Years After the Financial Crisis (Adam Klsák, Ivana Křížková)
  4. Migration and Residential Mobility of Foreign Citizens in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region (Ivana Křížková, Adam Klsák, Martin Šimon)
  5. Residential Segregation in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region in 2012–2018: A Multiscalar Approach Using Individualised Neighbourhoods (Martin Šimon, Ivana Křížková, Adam Klsák)
  6. Real Population and Daily Mobility in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region (Jiří Nemeškal, Martin Ouředníček, Lucie Pospíšilová, Pavel Frydrych)
  7. The Dynamics of Age Structure and Primary School Network Development and Its Consequences for Municipalities Within the Central Bohemian Region (Jana Jíchová, Zuzana Kopecká)
  8. Residential Mobility Within the Central Bohemian Suburbs (Nina Dvořáková, Marie Horňáková)
  9. Demographic future of the Central Bohemian Region: A prognostic vision for the next three decades (Tomáš Kučera, Boris Burcin) 
The book was published by Karolinum Publishing House, where it is also available for purchase.


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