spatial_concepts3 - GEOG 1004 Basic Geographic ideas...

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1 GEOG 1004 Basic Geographic ideas, traditions and terms Thinking about the theme of Place How do we develop a “sense of place”? How is that we develop feelings for the features that contribute to the distinctiveness of a particular spot on Earth? How are places described? genius loci -the protective spirit of a place Topophilia – love of place rootedness community sentiment local sentiment place attachment
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2 ”Place attachment is the symbolic relationship formed by people giving culturally shared emotional/affective meanings to a particular space of piece of land that provides the basis for the individual’s and group’s understanding of and relation to the environment…” (Setha Low) "Topophilia is the affective bond between people and place or setting." Such ties vary in intensity, subtlety, and mode of expression. Responses to the environment may be aesthetic, tactile, or emotional. (Yi-Fu Tuan) A sense of place means different things to different people. To some, it derives from shared memories, experiences, traditions, and history —the site of a farmers market or the location where a historic event took place. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, would be just another beach without the tie-in with the Wright Brothers, and Hannibal, Missouri, just another river town if it were not the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain. To others, however, a sense of place comes from distinctive sights, smells, and sounds —the sight of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the smell of fresh-cut tobacco in eastern North Carolina, the sound of
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2008 for the course GEOG 1004 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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