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The Sociology of Space

Materiality, Social Structures, and Action

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Provides a fresh approach to urban studies that differs fundamentally from other sociological perspectives

  • Places the city itself center stage and explores its overall make-up in a holistic way in its physical, relational and symbolic dimensions

  • Presents the work of a top scholar in the field of sociology

Part of the book series: Cultural Sociology (CULTSOC)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Notions of Space in Context

    • Martina Löw
    Pages 9-53
  3. Changes in Spatial Phenomena

    • Martina Löw
    Pages 55-103
  4. Toward a Sociological Concept of Space

    • Martina Löw
    Pages 105-127
  5. The Constitution of Space

    • Martina Löw
    Pages 129-195
  6. Exemplary Analyses

    • 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.

Keywords

  • Spatial sociology
  • Power
  • Societal differentation
  • Urban Studies
  • Cultural Sociology
  • urban geography and urbanism

Reviews

“Going well beyond Löw’s English-language articles (e.g. in this journal in 2013), the book makes her sophisticated and original theory of space available in its entirety to a far wider international audience. … a highly original and insightful book that should be obligatory reading for anyone working on space and place, and highly recommended for all urban scholars at graduate student level and above.” (International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 41 (6), November, 2017)

“This is the first major work on theorization of space and place since the turn of the century, making for a compelling read on the subject. … Summing Up: Essential. Graduate collections in sociology, urban planning, and geography.” (T. Niazi, Choice, Vol. 54 (10), June, 2017) 

“In an intellectual landscape whose dominant voice is from cultural geography, this is a true sociological theory of space: a critique of positivist and Newtonian subject-object space, in whose place Löw proffers, neither consciousness nor being-in-the-world, but (with Georg Simmel) a figurational and social-relational constitution of space.” (Scott Lash, Research Director, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London, UK)

“This translation of Martina Löw’s book is an important contribution to the theorizing of space and place. Enormously rich in its breadth and deeply rigorous, Löw engages with a range of theoretical positions from the global/local debate to those on bodies in space and with spatial forms as diverse as networks, neighborhoods, and territories. She presents complex concepts with absolute clarity. The Sociology of Space is an essential read for sociologists but also for all students of the city, its planning, and design.” (Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director, Sustainable Urbanism International, Columbia University, USA)

“This book helps the reader to better grasp what seems like a paradox: the category of ‘space' in social sciences is neither spaces of flows nor spaces of places. Martina Löw develops the idea of relational space, the inter-relationship of human agency and material structure. A highly recommended read!” (Alain Thierstein, Professor of Urban Development, Technical University of Munich, Germany) 

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sociology, Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany

    Martina Löw

About the author

Martina Löw is Professor of Sociology at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Her areas of specialization and research are sociological theory, urban sociology, space theory, and cultural sociology. From 2011 until 2013 she was president of the German Sociological Association, and as a member of numerous advisory boards, she is currently involved in several urban development projects.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Sociology of Space

  • Book Subtitle: Materiality, Social Structures, and Action

  • Authors: Martina Löw

  • Series Title: Cultural Sociology

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-69568-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan New York

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-48771-1

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-69570-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-349-69568-3

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVII, 303

  • Topics: Sociology, Urban Sociology, Human Geography

Buying options

eBook USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-349-69568-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)