Readings on the Psychology of Place
Selected Works of David Canter
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In the World Library of Psychologists series, international experts present career-long collections of what they judge to be their most interesting publications – extracts from books, key articles, research findings, and practical and theoretical contributions.
In this fascinating volume, Professor David Canter reflects on a career that has earned him an international reputation as one the UK’s most eminent applied social psychologists and a pioneer in the field of environmental psychology, through a selection of papers that illustrate one of the foundational themes of his research career: the psychology of place. Split into four parts, each with a new introduction written by the author, the book provides insights into theories, methods, and applications of Place psychology. Covering a range of publications from early research in the 1960s up to recent explorations, this volume provides the unfolding research that elaborates this seminal theory, offering rich perspectives on how places gain their significance and meaning.
Featuring specially written commentary by the author contextualizing the selections and providing an intimate overview of his career, this collection of key publications offers a unique and compelling insight into decades of ground-breaking work, making it an essential resource for all those engaged or interested in the study of places.
Table of Contents
Foreword 1. Architectural Psychology Part 1: Origins of The Psychology of Place 2. Office Size: An example of psychological research in Architecture 3. The Need for a Theory of Function in Architecture 4. Should we treat building users as subjects or objects? 5. Judgements of People and Their Rooms 6. Distance Estimation in Cities 7. The Psychology of Place Part 2: Elaborating the Theory of Place 8. The Purposive Evaluation of Places 9. Putting situations in their place: Bridging social and environmental psychology 10. Intention, meaning and structure: Social action in its physical context 11. Action and Place: an existential dialectic Part 3: Methodology - Studying Place Experience 12. A Non-Reactive Study of Room Use in Modern Japanese Apartments 13. Picture Or Place? A Multiple Sorting Study of Landscape 14. Revealing the Conceptual Systems of Places Part 4: Applications - The Theory of Place in Action 15. Intentionality and Fatality during the Kings Cross Underground Fire 16. The Environmental Range of Serial Rapists 17. Why do we Leave it so Late? Response to Environmental Threat and the Rules of Place 18. Creating Places without Designers Bibliography
Professor David Canter is one the UK’s most eminent applied social psychologists, being one of the few to be appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society and having been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the Royal Society of Medicine. Although he is internationally known for his development of the discipline of Investigative Psychology, bringing scientific precision to ‘offender profiling’, his earlier and continuing work centres on the development of Architectural/Environmental Psychology, establishing the well-respected Journal of Environmental Psychology in 1980 and the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS). He has worked as a management consultant to major UK companies on risk reduction, amalgamations and briefing for new building complexes, and has given advice to government inquiries into disasters. He wrote and presented a six-part documentary series, Mapping Murder, which is also published as a widely read book. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Liverpool, UK.