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Space vs. Place 12/4/2012 1:37:00 PM
“Space is like sex …it’s there but we don’t talk about it”
– TT kaken ffor grantt ded, bbecause we lilive iin itit.
– Fish probably don’t spend their days thinking about what
Space = nowhere
Merely Merely aa physical physical and/or and/or geographical geographical
location. location. Space Space
is inauthentic, generic.
Place = somewhere emotionally and personally RELATIONAL.
significant; a place of authenticity
Theorizing what “place” is:
• “Place is humanized space” (Yi‐Fu Tuan).
• “Place has to be one of the most multi‐layered and multi‐purpose words
in our language” (Harvey, 1993 p.4).
• “Place” is a generic term in everyday use in nearly every language, but
what do we mean by it?
• Place is central to many aspects of human thought and behaviour
• It involves relational and comparative thinking:
Space: a structure in which physical and intangible processes flow through;
often an abstract concept representing the areas of movement between
DESTINATION IS JUST AN EXCUSE.
• Place: the central issue lies in a place’s difference relative to other places
(i.e., relationship in a broader whole)
– Largely a locational concept
• Relative location: the location of a place relative to other places