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Drawing on sociological theories to assist understanding of how political power operates in the cultural sphere, The Sociology of Architecture frames the discipline as a field of symbolic and material conflict over social identities. This volume contests the notion of architecture as an apolitical endeavor and suggests that major architectural projects can act as tangible expressions of the ultimately contested nature of collective identities, thus shedding light on how those with power both legitimate and mark their position in the world.
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Paul Jones is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool.
“Architecture is not a common focus of sociologists, and it is partly for this reason that this book is so interesting....reveals the ways in which architectural styles and the profession itself symbolize expressions of social power and collective identity.” (Choice)
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