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p. 152. The importance of placelocked

  • Michael Allen Fox


Home is a place, so when thinking about home, our concept of place needs to be stretched in order to accommodate quite different dimensions of meaning. ‘The importance of place’ considers the range of home sizes; the concepts of embeddedness and placelessness; and the impact of landscapes, ecosystems, and bioregions in shaping inhabitants’ lives and cultures. The momentousness of place in shaping human evolution, history, the distinctiveness of cultural groups, present-day political realities, and the character of individual lives cannot be overestimated. What we think of a place and enjoy or lament about it is determined by a great many factors, which shape our sense of what and where we call home.

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