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Place: An Experiential Perspective

Yi-Fu Tuan
Geographical Review
Vol. 65, No. 2 (Apr., 1975), pp. 151-165
DOI: 10.2307/213970
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/213970
Page Count: 15
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Place: An Experiential Perspective
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Abstract

Place is a center of meaning. In size it ranges from a rocking chair or a fireplace within the home to a neighborhood, town, city, region, and the nation-state. Experience occurs in different modes, relatively passive ones like touch and smell and active ones like seeing and thinking. Place is a construct of experience in all its modes. Small places can be known directly and intimately through the senses. The reality of the larger place depends more on indirect experience gained through concepts and symbols. For a fully developed sense of place, passive experiences must be supplemented by active perception and awareness. Art, education, and politics are different ways of promoting the visibility of places.

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