In Key Concepts in Classical Social Theory individual entries introduce, explain and contextualize the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing, allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides:• Clear definitions• Lucid accounts of key issues• Up-to-date suggestions for further reading• Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.

Social Space

Social space

In his essay ‘The sociology of space’ Simmel (1997: 137–70) plots what he calls a ‘social geometry’ to establish that space is the simultaneous precondition and product of social forms. Social forms presuppose relations of social space – inside and outside, breadth and narrowness, boundary points, large and small, ...

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