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Economy and field in the rise of postmodern architecture

Theorizing the Dynamics of Social Processes

ISBN: 978-0-85724-223-5, eISBN: 978-0-85724-224-2

ISSN: 0278-1204

Publication date: 30 September 2010


Sociologists studying the rise of postmodernism have generally concentrated on either macro-level structures of economy or micro-level subjectivities of individuals. Few have specified how meso-level actions within concrete institutions have produced both these macro- and micro-changes. Bourdieu's concept of field provides a meso-level concept that allows sociologists to explain the transition to a postmodern society by changes in the composition and competition of producers and consumers struggling for advantage in the economy and culture. The chapter focuses on architecture, revealing that the rise of a postmodern aesthetic was the result of internal changes of this field and their complex interrelation with the external changes of an economy in transition from Fordism to post-Fordism.


Gartman, D. (2010), "Economy and field in the rise of postmodern architecture", Dahms, H.F. and Hazelrigg, L. (Ed.) Theorizing the Dynamics of Social Processes (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 27), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 343-374.



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