place attachment


Many thanks to Dr Robbie Duschinsky for the insights into current research on attachment theories in relation to place.

‘We travel faster, more widely, move more often and settle for shorter periods than ever before, yet at the same time we seem to crave a place to stay and return to ever more intensely. Place marks us all, and leaves its traces (Macintyre, 2007).

People’s country of origin; the region, city, town, estate or village in which they grew up; the house(s) in which they lived; the schools they attended; the shops they visited; and the ‘special’ places where they played with their friends or had their first kiss are all likely to form essential components of their identity, underpinning their feelings of security and belonging. Despite the fact that modern life typically involves changes of location, as well as changes within locations, strong bonds with particular places endure

in Gordon Jack, Place Matters: The Significance of Place Attachments for Children’s Well-Being, British Journal of Social Work (2010) 40, 755–771 ]


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