Societies under Construction

Geographies, Sociologies and Histories of Building

  • Daniel J. Sage
  • Chloé Vitry

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About this book


This edited collection explores building construction as an inspiring, yet often overlooked, place to develop new knowledge about the development of human societies. Eschewing dominant engineering and management perspectives on construction, the book is purposefully broad in its scope, both empirically and theoretically, as reflecting the rich underexplored potential of studies of building construction to inform a wide span of intellectual debates across the social science and humanities. The seven chapters encompass contributions to theories of: spatiotemporal organization with wildlife on building sites; institutional change with building ruins; home with Mexican self-help housing; place with a suburban housing development; socio-materiality with the adaptation of a university library; migrant labour with the Parisian postwar construction boom; and gender with a female site manager in Sweden. 

This book seeks to develop a new critical sub-area for construction studies that focuses on the actual processes and practices of ‘constructing'. Bringing together diverse members of construction research communities working in a variety of contexts, it develops empirical engagements with building work to challenge its marginalization, relative to architectural studies, to provoke novel understandings of human history, geography and sociology. 


Human Geography Urban Sociology Urban Studies Housing architectural history institutional theory institutional theory institutional change with building ruins spatiotemporal organization Mexican self-help housing socio-materiality suburban housing development Parisian postwar construction boom and migrant labour construction and gender women in construction construction studies architectural studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel J. Sage
    • 1
  • Chloé Vitry
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of BusinessUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

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