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Why Should Sociology Concern Itself with Space?

  • Martina Löw
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Part of the Cultural Sociology book series (CULTSOC)

Abstract

The first chapter is an introduction to the argumentation in the book. In contrast to other disciplines, sociology is slow to accept the concept of space as a possible basic concept for its work. The author sees the conscious rejection of patterns of argumentation in terms of territorial politics, which was prevalent in National Socialism, as one reason for the reticence of sociology toward the theory of space. In the first chapter, Martina Löw shows that this attitude reduces the phenomenon of space to one of its possible manifestations, territory. The goal of this book is explained: to elaborate space as a basic concept of sociology for use as a means of communication and as an analytic instrument in the study of social reality.

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  • Martina Löw
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  1. 1.SociologyTechnische UniversitätBerlinGermany

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