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A Space for Place in Sociology

Thomas F. Gieryn
Annual Review of Sociology
Vol. 26 (2000), pp. 463-496
Published by: Annual Reviews
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/223453
Page Count: 34
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Abstract

Sociological studies sensitive to the issue of place are rarely labeled thus, and at the same time there are far too many of them to fit in this review. It may be a good thing that this research is seldom gathered up as a "sociology of place," for that could ghettoize the subject as something of interest only to geographers, architects, or environmental historians. The point of this review is to indicate that sociologists have a stake in place no matter what they analyze, or how: The works cited below emplace inequality, difference, power, politics, interaction, community, social movements, deviance, crime, life course, science, identity, memory, history. After a prologue of definitions and methodological ruminations, I ask: How do places come to be the way they are, and how do places matter for social practices and historical change?

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