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Sense of Place Theory
Transcript of Sense of Place Theory
Lewis, Brady, Matt & Jamie
Sense of belonging within a certain location or environment, possibly due to social relations (Low & Altman, 1992).
When a certain space becomes a place after we get to know it better and endow it with value (Tuan, 1977).
Fritz Steele (1981) states that the particular experience of a person in a particular setting (feeling stimulated,
excited, joyous etc) is what makes them feel more for one location over another.
This links into 'spirit of place', which is the combination of characteristics that gives some locations a special ‘feel’ or personality.
Where do you feel you belong the most?
On your own or in pairs, discuss where you feel you belong the most and try to think why this might be.
What is sense of place?
Where do you belong?
At home with your family
Spending time with your family outdoors.
Spending time with friends.
The outdoors, performing
activities such as;
Plus many more
Being born in and living in
a place, develops a sense of
belonging over a certain
period of time, such as memories within a house
Type of Bond
Historical & Familial,
Feeling a sense of
belonging, simply felt rather
Type of Bond
Living according moral guidelines for human responsibility to place, guidelines may be religious
Type of Bond
Moral & Ethical
Choosing a place based
on a list of desirable traits
and lifestyle preferences,
comparison of actual places
Type of Bonds
(based on choice and desirability)
Learning about a place
through stories, including:
creation myths, family
histories, political accounts,
and fictional accounts.
Type of Bonds
Relationships to Place
Setha Low, 1992
How people's perception of place
differs from others
Place-attachment can be understood as the
affective link people establish with specific settings, where they tend to remain and feel
comfortable and safe
(Hidalgo & Herna´ndez, 2001).
Place-attachment influences what individuals see, think, and feel about the place
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