Cultural Sociology

The Sociology of Space

Materiality, Social Structures, and Action

Authors: Löw, Martina

  • 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 
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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.

About the authors

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. She had been visiting scholar at universities in the United States, Sweden, Brazil, France and Austria. 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. 

Reviews

“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) 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Why Should Sociology Concern Itself with Space?

    Löw, Martina

    Pages 1-7

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  • Notions of Space in Context

    Löw, Martina

    Pages 9-53

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  • Changes in Spatial Phenomena

    Löw, Martina

    Pages 55-103

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  • Toward a Sociological Concept of Space

    Löw, Martina

    Pages 105-127

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  • The Constitution of Space

    Löw, Martina

    Pages 129-195

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eBook 91,62 €
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Hardcover 117,69 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-48771-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sociology of Space
Book Subtitle
Materiality, Social Structures, and Action
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Sociology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-69568-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-69568-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48771-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 303
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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