Introduction: Streetlife - the Shifting Sociologies of the Street

Hubbard, Phil and Lyon, Dawn (2018) Introduction: Streetlife - the Shifting Sociologies of the Street. The Sociological Review, 66 (4). ISSN 0038-0261. E-ISSN 1467-954X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026118771281) (Full text available)

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Abstract

The street has long been a key laboratory for studies of social life, from the roots of urban sociology in the ethnographies of the Chicago School to the diverse range of contemporary studies which consider the performative, affective and non-representational nature of street etiquette and encounter. For all this, the street remains only loosely defined in many studies, and sometimes disappears from view entirely, with social action often privileged over material and environmental context. This Special Issue is intended as a spur to take the street more seriously in contemporary sociology, and explores the importance of the street as a site, scale and field for sociological research. Recognising that the street is both contradictory and complex, in the Introduction to this Issue we draw out emerging themes in the shifting sociologies of the street by highlighting the specific contribution inter-disciplinary work can make to our understanding of streets as distinctive but contested social spaces.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: This is the introductory article to a special issue on streetlife.
Uncontrolled keywords: Creativity, diversity, materiality, mobility, multi-sensory ethnography, rhythm, urban space
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Medway
Depositing User: Dawn Lyon
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 15:57 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2018 09:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66840 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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