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The notion of “social space” implies first of all some kind of interrelation between the social and space. The term and its application are not clearly defined in any social theory, social geography, or in urban studies. Within this inconsistent use, the following main threads can be distinguished: social space as the material environment of social groups, social space as a relational setting of positions, and social space as a dialectical approach to the society–space relation. The most radical approaches so far, the strands of deconstructiv-ism, question the opposition of society and space from a poststructural perspective.

These four lines of social space are consecutive from a theory point of view without displacing each other completely. Their application in social research is often coeval within and ...

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