The Sociology of Space

Materiality, Social Structures, and Action

  • Martina Löw

Part of the Cultural Sociology book series (CULTSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Martina Löw
    Pages 9-53
  3. Martina Löw
    Pages 55-103
  4. Martina Löw
    Pages 105-127
  5. Martina Löw
    Pages 129-195
  6. Martina Löw
    Pages 197-223
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-303

About this book


In this book, the author develops a relational concept of space that encompasses social structure, the material world of objects and bodies, and the symbolic dimension of the social world. Löw’s guiding principle is the assumption that space emerges in the interplay between objects, structures and actions. Based on a critical discussion of classic theories of space, Löw develops a new dynamic theory of space that accounts for the relational context in which space is constituted. This innovative view on the interdependency of material, social, and symbolic dimensions of space also permits a new perspective on architecture and urban development.


Spatial sociology Power Societal differentation Urban Studies Cultural Sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Martina Löw
    • 1
  1. 1.SociologyTechnische UniversitätBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48771-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-69568-3
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