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The Sociology of Architecture: Constructing Identities

Paul Jones


States have long been active in commissioning architecture, which affords one way to embed political projects within socially meaningful cultural forms. Such state–led architecture is often designed not only to house the activities of government, but also to reflect political–economic shifts and to chime with a variety of ‘internal’ and ‘external’ publics as part of wider discourses of belonging. From the vantage point of sociology, this context necessitates critical engagement with the role of leading architects' designs and discourses relative to politicized identity projects. Focusing on th ... More

Keywords: commissioning architecture, political projects, cultural forms, state–led architecture, activities of government, political–economic shifts, discourses of belonging, politicized identity projects, mobilization of architecture, social change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781846310768
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315930


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Jones, author