Henri Lefebvre’s Spatial Theory as Methodology – A Methodological Reconsideration of the Spatial Triad


  • Johan Vaide Department of Social Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden




Henri Lefebvre; The Spatial Triad; Methodology; Qualitative Methods; China


This article presents a methodological toolset for qualitative socio-spatial analyses based on sociologist Henri Lefebvre’s spatial theory (Lefebvre, 1991). While Lefebvre has been extensively treated as an urban theorist, his work has not been widely explored from a methodological perspective. In the article, Lefebvre’s spatial triad is particularly used to develop a concrete methodology for qualitative socio-spatial analyses. While simultaneously focusing on general methodological aspects, this article draws on how the author applied Lefebvre’s spatial theory in a sociological study about intercultural engagements in Shanghai in the context of China’s opening up reforms. More specifically, Lefebvre’s spatial triad is discussed in relation to a bodily engaged research practice, ethnography and four theory of social science approaches.




How to Cite

Vaide, Johan. 2023. “Henri Lefebvre’s Spatial Theory As Methodology – A Methodological Reconsideration of the Spatial Triad”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 26 (June):298-311. https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2023.18.