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- Created on: 16-12-17 13:38
Place - the web of characteristics, flows and perceptions that are all attached to a specific location.
A place can be thought of as a location which could be plotted on a map or defined by a grid reference. For example, for London, its latitude is 51.5074N and its longitude is 0.1278W.
The location alone doesn't tell us anything about the place itself; just where it is.
Geographers look into:
- Its location.
- The physical characteristics of the landscape.
- The human characteristics, including the human features of the landscape.
- Flows, e.g. people, money, ideas, resources.
- The sense of place.
All aspects of places and the meanings they have are constantly changing; they are dynamic:
- Over long periods of time, the physical characteristics can change, for example, a river migrates. The physical characteristics can change over short periods of time, for example, after an eruption of a volcano, it alters the landscape.
- Human characteristics can change over whole lifetimes, for example, as new people are born in a place and others die. Human characteristics can change over short periods of time, for example, as people migrate in and out of a place.
- The flows in and out of a place change, for example, flows of money could change when a multinational corporation invests in a new factory or decides to close an existing one.
- The sense of place individuals or groups have may change, for example, the places a person plays in as a child, will not have the same meanings to that person when they return there as an adult.
Different groups or individuals may also have a different sense of the same place. For example, one person may think of a city centre as a place of excitement and opportunity, whilst another…