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Dover, Kent, United Kingdom: layers of history that build up the uniqueness
of the place.
Place- the settings of peoples everyday life, places are unique and
What is unique about your hometown? Glen Ellyn has three small lakes and
a high school that looks like a castle.
John Agnew’s 3 Aspects of Place:
Location- the role a place plays in the world or its function. Its not where the
place is. Larger places will have more definitions and functions.
Locale- the institutions that organize activity, politics and identity in a place.
Institutions are any organization where people spend time and that
structures the way that they live (unions, churches, places like country
Sense of Place- a feeling of identity or character tied to a place. Feeling of
belonging and attachment to a place. Change in the location and locale can
cause friction and conflict because it might not resonate with established
senses of how the place is. Urban legends and nicknames can add to a sense
Use the three aspects to describe your home town: Glen Ellyn is home to
generally wealthy, catholic people who are modest and friendly.
Another Definition of place:
Places are networks of social relations which have over time been
constructed, laid down, interacted with one another, decayed and renewed.
Some of these relations will be, as it were, contained within the place;
others will stretch beyond it, tying any particular locality into wider relations
and processes in which other places are implicated too.
Places are socially constructed
They change over time
The importance of historical legacy
The importance of linkages to other places
Whats going on in the world?
Conflict in Mali pressures france for involvement
Israel holds an election
Increased tensions between Japan and China
Conceptualizing Scale: Scale defines or limits the scope of actions and jurisdictions of authority.
Actions: A. Being a student (classes, UIUC, in/out of state) B. Migration
(intra-urban, regional, global) C. Military Intervention (within a country,
between neighbors, across the globe)
Jurisdiction or Authority: A. Local, state and federal government.
B. The question of sovereignty (Sunni triangle, state sovereignty, local
challenge, global intervention)
Peter Taylor’s 3 Scales:
The local scale- the scale of experience
The nation-state- the scale of ideology
The global scale- the scale of reality
Local scale- ship building industry is in decline, unemployment is hight.
Global scale- recession (lack of demand for ocean-going ships, plus
competition e.g. South Korea)
Decided to go to war as a result of these scales
Agents: individuals or groups of individuals trying to achieve a goal
Doesn’t occur in a vacuum- there are limits structures (sets rules and
norms, partially determine what can and cannot be done)
Structures are expressions of power: they define what is permissible and
Agents operate within structures, structures enable and constrain agents.
Structures are simultaneously agents and vice versa
Iran is doing / not doing whatever it is with nuclear weapons based on