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The post social turn: Challenges for housing research


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Gabriel, M and Jacobs, K 2008 , 'The post social turn: Challenges for housing research' , Housing Studies, vol. 23, no. 4 , pp. 527-540 , doi: 10.1080/02673030802101666.

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In an editorial entitled ‘Living Room ’ for the journal Urban Geography, 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 has 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 recognise the significance of non-human actors (e.g. animals, technology and material artefacts) within social analysis. While housing scholars have begun in recent years 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, we review recent developments in post-social theory with a specific focus on the implications of this approach for housing studies.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Gabriel, M and Jacobs, K
Keywords: Post-social turn; housing studies; actor network theory; performativity
Journal or Publication Title: Housing Studies
ISSN: 0267-3037
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/02673030802101666
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