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The post-social turn: challenges for housing research


Gabriel, M and Jacobs, KA, The post-social turn: challenges for housing research, Housing Studies, 23, (4) pp. 527-540. ISSN 0267-3037 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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In an editorial entitled 'Living Room' for the journal Urban Geography (Vol. 25, 2004) Susan Smith made reference to the 'tired state of housing studies'. Smith argued that the 'post-social turn' in sociology and cultural geography has largely gone unnoticed by housing researchers and because of this, the radical implications of its epistemology have yet to be explicitly addressed. This post-social turn, elsewhere referred to as Science and Technology Studies, Actor Network theory, feminist technoscience and post-humanism, calls on researchers to decentre the human as the nucleus of social life and in turn recognize the significance of non-human actors (e.g. animals, technology and material artefacts) within social analysis. While in recent years housing scholars have begun to embrace post-structuralist accounts of social life, including discursive and constructionist theories, there has only been limited engagement with post-social assumptions and concepts. In view of this gap, this paper reviews recent developments in post-social theory with a specific focus on the implications of this approach for housing studies.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:post-social turn, housing studies, actor network theory, performativity
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social theory
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction processes
Objective Field:Residential construction processes
UTAS Author:Gabriel, M (Mr Matthew Gabriel)
UTAS Author:Jacobs, KA (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:52324
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2008-06-20
Last Modified:2014-12-16
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