Eduskuntatalon portaiden aikatila

Timespace on the Steps to the Parliament House

The question of space has been undertheorised in social theory. Doreen Massey argues that society is spatially constructed as much as space is socially constructed. This is supported by empirical evidence from public protest events on the steps to the Finnish Parliament House. There a juridically and practically uncrossable border between civil society and the state becomes materialised and located in various ways in different demonstrations. This has evident and partly independent effects on social interaction. Thus questions of space need to be considered in social theorising, for example in line with the research programme of Henri Lefebvre.

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