2nd Edition

Place Attachment Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications

Edited By Lynne Manzo, Patrick Devine-Wright Copyright 2021
    286 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Following on from the ground-breaking first edition, which received the 2014 EDRA Achievement Award, this fully updated text includes new chapters on current issues in the built environment, such as GIS and mapping, climate change, and qualitative approaches.

    Place attachments are powerful emotional bonds that form between people and their physical surroundings. They inform our sense of identity, create meaning in our lives, facilitate community, and influence action. Place attachments have bearing on such diverse issues as rootedness and belonging, placemaking and displacement, mobility and migration, intergroup conflict, civic engagement, social housing and urban redevelopment, natural resource management, and global climate change.

    In this multidisciplinary book, Manzo and Devine-Wright draw together the latest thinking by leading scholars from around the globe, including contributions from scholars such as Daniel Williams, Mindy Fullilove, Randy Hester, and David Seamon, to capture significant advancements in three main areas: theory, methods, and applications. Over the course of fifteen chapters, using a wide range of conceptual and applied methods, the authors critically review and challenge contemporary knowledge, identify significant advances, and point to areas for future research.

    This important volume offers the most current understandings about place attachment, a critical concept for the environmental social sciences and placemaking professions.

    Part I: Theory Chapter 1: Metatheoretical Moments in Place Attachment Research: Seeking Clarity in Diversity  Daniel R. Williams and Brett Alan Miller; Chapter 2: Physical and Experiential Aspects of Place Attachment: Environmental Ensemble, People-in-Place, and Common Presence David Seamon; Chapter 3: Parallels between Interpersonal and Place Attachment: An Update  Leila Scannell, Elizabeth Williamsm Robert Gifford, and Carmen Sarich; Chapter 4: In Search of Roots: Restoring Continuity in a Mobile World Maria Lewicka; Chapter 5: Place attachment as discursive practice: the role of language, affect, space, power and materiality in person-place bonds Andrés Di Masso, John Dixon, and Kevin Durrheim Part II: Methods Chapter 6: Theoretical and Methodological Aspects of Research on Place Attachment Bernardo Hernández, M. Carmen Hidalgo, and Cristina Ruiz; Chapter 7: The Role and Value of Qualitative Approaches to Place Attachment Research: Challenging Epistemological and Methodological Assumptions Lynne C. Manzo and Laís Pinto de Carvalho; Chapter 8: Articulating transnational attachments though on-site narratives and collaborative creative processes Clare Rishbeth; Chapter 9: Beyond the ‘local:’ Methods for exploring or examining place attachment across geographic scales Christopher Raymond and Sarah Gottwald Part III: Applications Chapter 10: Community Responses to Environmental Threat: Place Cognition, Attachment and Social Action Nikolay L. Mihaylov, Douglas D. Perkins, and Richard C. Stedman; Chapter 11: "The Frayed Knot": What happens to place attachment in the context of serial forced displacement? Mindy Fullilove; Chapter 12: Place Attachment, Community Identification, and Pro-Environmental Engagement Ferdinando Fornara, Massimiliano Scopelliti, Giuseppe Carrus, Mirilia Bonnes, and Marino Bonaiuto; Chapter 13: Re Attach! Practicing Endemic Design Randolph Hester; Chapter 14: Dynamics of Place Attachment in a Climate Changed World Patrick Devine-Wright and Tara Quinn; Chapter 15: The Agency of Place Identity and Attachment in the Contemporary Co-production of Community Deni Ruggeri


    Lynne C. Manzo is an environmental psychologist and Professor in the College of Built Environments and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on people–place relationships, particularly place attachment, displacement, and socio-spatial justice.


    Patrick Devine-Wright is a Professor in the Geography department at the University of Exeter, UK. His research combines environmental psychology and human geography perspectives to focus on the role of place attachment in relation to climate change and energy transitions. He is the lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Chair of the Devon Net Zero Task Force.

    "This book provides a state-of-the-art overview of place attachment theory, methods, and applications. It is must read for anyone wanting to gain a transdisciplinary understanding of people’s emotional bonds with particular places, and how those are shifting in response to contemporary patterns of climate change, disease pandemics, rapid urbanization, and enforced migration."

    - Daniel Stokols, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, USA, and author of Social Ecology in the Digital Age.


    "Place attachment describes the emotional bonds that people form toward physical environments. As in the first edition, the book includes 15 chapters written by many of the same researchers and/or practitioners. It is the diverse set of 32 authors who specialize in environmental, social, and community psychology, geography, medicine, sociology, environmental studies, and architecture that provides the book with an excellent range of perspectives on traditional and modern conceptualizations of place attachment and its continued utility in social science … the second installment of the book ‘Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods, and Applications’ is timely as built and natural environments around the world undergo substantial alteration because of continued climate change and the COVID- 19 pandemic. This book makes it clear that the mechanisms through which people bond to place, and how those bonds can be reliably examined, interpreted, and utilized are highly relevant to the discipline of psychology and beyond."

     – Lindsay J. McCunn, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, Canada