Release:2019, Vol. 3. №1
About the author:Natalya A. Kostko, Dr. Sci. (Soc.), Professor, Department of General and Economical Sociology, University of Tyumen (Tyumen, Russian Federation); firstname.lastname@example.org
At present, there is an evident institutionalization of the concept of sustainable development, which has also been adopted for cities. Russia has joined the UN basic documents on cities within the framework of sustainable development. However, the management of a contemporary Russian city is determined by a unified set of indicators as a municipality, which is not able to assess the nature and specificity of urban processes and phenomena in their systemic manifestation. Modernity is characterized by the increased urbanization, complexity of social processes and phenomena in society, and rising turbulence and uncertainty in the development of social systems. The ambiguity of this concept as a flow, as a linear, split, or transitive idea, actualizes the problem of determining the content of its development management. This article is of theoretical and methodological nature, and it uses a systematic approach. It continues the author’s previous works on argumentation, methodological validity, and application of the concept of social space of the city as a target reference point in the management practice of the city development. The author suggests that the property of interconnectedness and interdependence of the social space of the city with the citizens allows using it as an integral indicator of the contribution of the latter to the development. The characteristics of indices on the state of the social space of the city are specified. The importance of application of social space, identity, social activity of citizens, and its value-normative bases in practice of administrative goal-setting of development of the city, taking into account the existing international and Russian legal documents, is shown. The paper presents the logic of the empirical stage of research of the social space of the city and its indices.