Chapter 6 Interpreting Places and Landscapes Overview This chapter focuses on how individuals and societies perceive their environment. Different individuals and different groups of people will perceive their landscape and environment differently, and this in turn will shape attitudes and behaviors. Landscapes are symbolic places, full of coded meanings that can be read and interpreted. Likewise, landscapes can be written, and meanings can be encoded into them. The concepts of landscape as text, sense of place, and semiotics are all closely related ideas that reflect landscape creation and interpretation. This chapter examines different kinds of landscapes and the kind of attachment people have to them. The chapter also covers the transition between Modernity and Postmodernity , and how landscape fits into these two different worldviews. Discussion Topics and Lecture Themes 1. Give examples of ordinary , symbolic , and derelict landscapes in the local community. What characteristics make these landscapes ordinary, symbolic, or derelict? Do all people agree on
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