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Place, children’s friendships, and the formation of gender identities in a Slovak urban neighbourhood

ByMatej Blazek

Attention given by geographers to regions of East and Central Europe (ECE) in the last couple of

decades could be characterised as ‘scattered’.1 While economic and political geography have

been prompt to shift their attention to transforming economic structures and political institutions

of ECE since the early 1990s (Bradshaw 1991, 1997, Kaiser 1994, Smith A. 1994, 1996, 1998,

Pickles et al. 1998, Pickles and Smith 1998), it took much longer until social and cultural

geographers – often following their interest in political and economic geographies of the

everyday life – focused on daily experiences, cultures, practices and agencies of ECE citizens

(e.g. Ho¨rschelmann 1997, Smith F.M. 1997, 1998, 1999, Stenning 2000).