13 terms

Categories of Place

STUDY
PLAY
Near places
This can be seen as the area or region near or about a place; surrounding district or neighbourhood. It could also be a place near to your heart e.g. the town you grew up in but moved away from
Genius Loci
The prevailing character or atmosphere of a place, literally means "the presiding god or spirit of a place".
Far places
Places that are far away geographically or have a distant connection to someone emotionally. Also known as distant places
Experienced places
Places a person has spent time within
Media places
Places that a person has only read about or seen on film or on the Internet
Paris Syndrome
A transient mental disorder exhibited by some individuals when visiting or going on vacation to Paris, as a result of extreme shock derived from their discovery that Paris is not what they had expected it to be as represented by media.
UK countryside
Has been "idyll-ised" by the UK media and stereotyped with happy, close knit communities. This is not always the case. Explored by Geography Paul Cloke
Stereotypes
A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing, such as all urban areas are centres of crime and violence and all rural areas are peaceful and idyllic
Character
The physical and human features that distinguish one place from another place
Positionality
Refers to the factors such as race, gender, age, politics, socio-economic status, religious views, that influence how people perceive places
First space
The physical/material space which has limits and can be measured and described. Idea came from Henry Lefebvre and Soja
Second space
The 'imagined' representational space - i.e. how the space is perceived, seen and argued over.
Third space
The lived space, combines First and Second space to create what Soja describes as, 'a fully lived space, a simultaneously real-and-imagined, actual-and-virtual locus of structured individuality and collective experience and agency'