Institutionalizing place: Materiality and meaning in Boston's North End

Candace Jones, Ju Young Lee, Taehyun Lee

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Microfoundations of institutions are central to constructing place—the interplay of location, meaning, and material form. Since only a few institutional studies bring materiality to the fore to examine the processes of place-making, how material forms interact with people to institutionalize or de-institutionalize the meaning of place remains a black box. Through an inductive and historical study of Boston’s North End neighborhood, we show how locally situated churches that symbolically encoded multivocality shape the institutionalized meaning of the North End as a place
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-239
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Early online date25 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2019


  • microfoundations of institutions
  • place
  • materiality
  • material forms
  • meaning
  • historical analysis


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