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Chapter 7: Space and Place (1977): Yi-Fu Tuan
Space and Place (1977): Yi-Fu Tuan
Abstract knowledge about a place can be acquired in short order if one is diligent … But the ‘feel’ of a place takes longer to acquire. (Tuan, 1977: 183)
I distinctly recall reading Yi-Fu Tuan's Space and Place as an undergraduate at University College London in 1985. I was taking a second year class called Humanistic Geography (changed a few years later to Cultural Geography – a sign of the times). It had been eight years since it was published and it had already become a classic text – a worthy follow-on to Tuan's 1974 book, Topophilia. I was immediately captured by it. It was like nothing I had ever read in a geography class. ...