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The Sociology of ArchitectureConstructing Identities$
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Paul Jones

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310768

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315930

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Architecture, Power and Identities: Surveying the Field

Architecture, Power and Identities: Surveying the Field

(p.11) 1 Architecture, Power and Identities: Surveying the Field
The Sociology of Architecture
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Pierre Bourdieu's contribution to the architectural field. It discusses how Bourdieu positions architecture as a field of cultural production, in which architects struggle over symbolic and material conflicts. It also assesses the relationship between culture and social power relations from a ‘structuralist constructivist’ or ‘constructivist structuralist’ position. The chapter focuses on the role of architecture in the consolidation and legitimation of state power.

Keywords:   Pierre Bourdieu, social power, architecture, cultural production, structuralist constructivism, constructivist structuralism

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