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Reading - Idiotopy and Idiotope

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Queen's University
GPHY 101
Anne M C Godlewska

SENSE OF PLACE AND MIGRATION HISTORIES IDIOTOPY AND IDIOTOPE – Angels Pascual-De-Sans People have connections to the geographical area they are from - Everyone is constructed socially Biographical data indicates place of birth as initial reference to lives of people Sense of place is persistent – time and space “We usually mark our territory, as it marks us, and thus a space becomes a place” - This results in an intimate connection Place: basic element of geographical space; temporary; can only exist with humans Space: made up of places SIGNIFICANCE OF PLACE IN STUDY OF MIGRATION Permanence and Mobility - Mobility: moving from place to place - Permanence: time spent in the place - Migratory process becomes sequence of movements linked to each other by periods of settlement in spaces of relationships Places have hierarchical nature: idiotopy - Some have larger impacts than others - Some are forgotten while new ones are discovered - Humans can’t live in a space-time continuum - There are places called idiotope o Uniqueness to an individual o From choice but not exclusive o Process of recognition and election o Originally free of reference points but gradual possession of place  Inhabit the place before it comes an idiotope (takes time) o For some it is closely connected to social identity o Sometimes in relation to social emotional and intellectual landscape o Starts outside one’s home Boundaries and scale - Place needs boundaries but not borders - Condition for recognition - No definite scale - In theory, the more a place is one’s own, the more details one sees in it and the more one breaks it up into smaller components (central core) o Personal place where a tree is not just a tree but a special oak tree ROLE OF PLACE IN SHAPING OF MIGRATION HISTORIES Territoriality - Factors in life favour permanence in a place and others that hinder it - Results in successive periods of permanence and mobility (migration) - Migration is a complex mechanism by
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