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The Power of Place in Place Attachment

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ISBN 9781032434490
February 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
134 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides geographical perspectives on the complex and multifaceted relationship between people and their lived environments. Scholars with varied regional, theoretical, and topical specialties offer chapters that explore different aspects of a phenomenon so pervasive that no conception of social or political action can afford to ignore it.

In the process of spatial organization and differentiation, people develop emotional attachments to specific places, as well as specific people, objects, and practices associated with those places. Place attachments thereby shape everyday routines (e.g., routes to work, shopping, social interactions), major life choices (e.g., places of residence, education, vacations), and identities (e.g., civic, national, religious). These attachments occur across multiple scales from personal dwellings to community, region, and homeland. It is our hope that this book reveals synergies between geography and other disciplines engaging with place attachment whilst invigorating research on the topic through geography’s contribution of place-based theories, methods, and applications.

Power of Place in Place Attachment will be of great value to researchers and scholars in the fields of Geography including cultural geography, identity, mobility and urban landscape change. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Geographical Review.

Table of Contents

1. The power of place in place attachment  2. Cognitive mapping as a method to assess peoples’ attachment to place  3. Rurality as a key factor for place attachment in the great plains  4. Whose Puget Sound?: Examining place attachment, residency, and stewardship in the Puget Sound region  5. “Tied to the land”: Pipelines, plains and place attachment  6. Indigeneity, displacement, and regional place attachment among IDPs from Crimea  7. The role of nostalgia in (re)creating place attachments for a diasporic community  8. Multi-scalar territorialization in Kazakhstan’s northern borderland  9. Places of memory, historic preservation, and place attachment in Nazi Germany  10. Geographies of place attachment: A place-based model of materiality, performance, and narration

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Alexander C. Diener is Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas, USA. He works at the nexus of political, social, economic, and cultural geography, engaging topics such as geopolitics and borders, identity and migration, citizenship, development and mobility, and urban landscape change.

Joshua Hagen is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA. His areas of research include borders and border theory, cultural politics of place names, demography, economics, and sustainability, and geographies of the pre-modern world.