1st Edition

Considering Space A Critical Concept for the Social Sciences

    298 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Considering Space demonstrates what has changed in the perception of space within the social sciences and how useful – indeed indispensable – this category is today.

    While the seemingly deterritorializing effects of digitalization might suggest that space is a secondary consideration, this book proves such a presumption wrong, with territories, borders, distances, proximity, geographical ecologies, land use, physical infrastructures – as well as concepts of space – all being shown still to matter, perhaps more than ever before.

    Seeking to show how society can and should be perceived as spatial, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, geography, architecture and urban studies.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. Funded by the DeutscheForschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – Projektnummer 290045248 – SFB 1265.

    1. Introduction: An Invitation to Spatial Theorizing, Dominik Bartmanski & Henning Füller Part I: Considering Space in Social Theory 2. Understanding Social Change: Refigurations, Martina Löw; 3. Space in the Theory of Reflexive Modernization: The Location of Subjects from a Cosmopolitan Perspective, Angelika Poferl; 4. Wittgenstein’s House: From Philosophy to Architecture to Philosophy, Nana Last; 5. Mapping Assemblages: Analytical Benefits of Thinking with Space, Henning Füller; 6. The Invention of the Global: Constitutions of space in theories of globalization, Gunter Weidenhaus Part II: Considering Space in Global Epistemologies 7. Dividing the ‘World’: Spatial Binaries and the Global Perspective, Johanna Hoerning; 8. European Elsewheres: Global Sociologies of Space and Europe, Fabio Santos & Manuela Boatcă; 9. The Refiguration of the Social and the Re-Configuration of the Communal, Walter Mignolo; 10. Caste, Class, and Space: Inequalities in India, Sanjana Krishnan Part III: Considering Space in Meaning Making 11. A Dangerous Liaison? Space and the Field of Cultural Production, Dominik Bartmanski; 12. Object Affordances, Space, and Meaning: The Case of Real Estate Staging, Kelcie Vercel and Terence McDonnell; 13. Like a Child in a Supermarket: Locational Meanings and Locational Socialization Revisited, Pavel Pospěch; 14. Placing Performance into a Distressed Space: The Case of San Berillo, Letteria G. Fassari; Epilogue, Johanna Hoerning & Gunter Weidenhaus


    Dominik Bartmanski is a professor of cultural sociology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

    Henning Füller is a researcher at the Department of Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

    Johanna Hoerning is a professor of sociology at Technical University Berlin.

    Gunter Weidenhaus worked as a guest professor of sociology at the Technical University Berlin.

    ‘Mixing conceptual exploration and case illustration, this lively volume will make its readers think again and anew about the role of space in social theory and social life.’ - Loïc Wacquant, Professor of Sociology, University of California Berkeley, USA, author of Bourdieu in the City: Challenging Urban Theory

    ‘The idea that space is socially constructed has long been accepted, but it has proved harder to make the case that the social is spatially constructed. This book relishes this challenge, providing new conceptual tools, epistemological advances and empirical evidence. It does so much more than this, though. It provokes us to think about the relationship between socially constructed space and the spatially constructed social. This is a profoundly political task, as this book provides new paths, new opportunities, new affordances for thinking about the current conjuncture, the crisis of crises.’ - Steve Pile, Professor of Human Geography, The Open University, UK, author of Bodies, Affects, Politics: The Clash of Bodily Regimes

    ‘There is a thoroughgoing 'spatial turn' taking place in the social sciences right now, one that pervades 'applied' as much as 'theoretical' work... This book excels at bringing to bear the tools of critical reflection onto fundamental spatial concepts and the representational logics on which such concepts are often based. The range of empirical examples is admirable, showing that space ought to be central to theory of social life, not incidental. This collection is of an excellent standard, and its writing first rate.’ - Eduardo de la Fuente, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of South Australia, co-editor of Aesthetic Capitalism and author of Twentieth Century Music and the Question of Modernity