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Kacper Poblocki

Kacper Pobłocki is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the Warsaw University. He writes about class, space and uneven development. He used to be an urban activist and led the Alliance of Urban Movements that ran in 2014 in municipal elections in eleven Polish cities. In 2017 his book Kapitalizm historia krotkiego trwania (Spatial origins of capitalism the English edition forthcoming) came out.

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of Warsaw’s Public Space

Warsaw is home to 7% of Poland’s population. This is relatively low compared to other capital cities. For instance, in the case of Paris, this ratio stands at 18%, for London it is 22%, for Tokyo it is 28%, and for Beirut it is 42%.1 Despite the small percentage of the population that actually lives in the city, Warsaw keeps stirring highly ambivalent emotions amongst Poles. These sentiments reveal that Warsaw is first and foremost a capital, and only then a city. In order to fully appreciate Warsaw’s place in the Polish imagination, we need to transcend both its spatial and functional boundaries and reach beyond, where very few scholars of Warsaw peek.