Place and Personhood

  • Cathrine Degnen


Place, this chapter argues, is not just a setting or backdrop for the life course and personhood: it can also be constitutive of them. Via a range of ethnographic examples, this chapter explores how personhood can be made through social interactions and the transmission of substance, grounded and embodied in place. The chapter outlines key theoretical principles on place and its significance as discussed by anthropologists and human geographers. This assists in contextualising the ethnographic material on personhood and place that follows, all animated by a shared inquisitiveness into the question of how it is that place and personhood can be mutually constitutive.


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  • Cathrine Degnen
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  1. 1.School of Geography, Politics & SociologyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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