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However, this does not mean simply switching from macro- to micro-scale analysis. Rather, the analysis on different scales needs to be consolidated and systematically correlated. In the aforementioned study on domesticating neo-liberalism, Stenning et al. (2010) have demonstrated how post-socialist urban research can be developed along these lines and how the reciprocity between material and social changes can be addressed convincingly by grounding research in in- TOWARD A MORE COMPREHENSIVE NOTION OF URBAN CHANGE 53 depth and micro-scale case studies.

Putting these two issues at the heart of the debate and theorizing them more systematically would, in my view, make the findings of the research on the post-socialist urban condition more accessible and more valuable for urban research in general. This would require paying closer attention to the cross-disciplinary literature in the fields of anthropology, sociology and geography on the explanatory value of post-socialism. Thus, the crucial challenge is not to further adapt Western concepts to describe and analyze TOWARD A MORE COMPREHENSIVE NOTION OF URBAN CHANGE 55 the phenomena observed in the urban transformation processes of Central and Eastern Europe in the last two decades.

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