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Silke Steets

The Logical Structure of the Constructed World - A Sociology of Architecture

Silke Steets

Silke Steets

Silke Steets is an interim professor for Sociology focusing on urban and spacial sociology at the TU Darmstadt.

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According to Émile Durkheim, the most important rule of sociological thinking is to regard social phenomena like objects, that is, to ascribe them the same degree of reality that we do the things we can touch. But what happens when we reverse this rule and regard material items – for example those that architecture brings forth – as social facts?

Based on a brilliant account of the theoretical history of the sociological reflection on architecture, Silke Steets conceives a sociology of the constructed world. With the aid of various examples, she shows how objects and buildings are included into social acting and function as visible and tangible structures.