The Betweenness of Place

  • J. Nicholas Entrikin
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Abstract

The geographer’s concept of specific place draws attention to the relation between particularizing and universalizing discourses and between subjective and objective perspectives. Specific place refers to the conceptual fusion of space and experience that gives areas of the earth’s surface a “wholeness” or an “individuality.” I shall introduce this concept by first offering a general overview of the idea of place as context, a view that incorporates both the existential qualities of our experience of place and also our sense of place as a natural “object” in the world. This dualistic quality of place has been at the center of the conception of geography as a chorological science that addresses the relationship of people to their environment.

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