Revolutions have gripped many countries, leading to the destruction of buildings, places, and artifacts; climate change is threatening the ancestral homes of many, the increasingly uneven distribution of resources has made the poor vulnerable to the coercive efforts by the rich, and social uncertainty has led to the romanticizing of the past. Humanity is resilient, but we have a fundamental need for attachment to places, buildings, and objects.

This edited volume will explore the different meanings and forms of place attachment and meaning based on our histories and conceptualization of material artifacts. Each chapter examines a varied relationship between a given society and the meaning formed through myth, symbols, and ideologies manifested through diverse forms of material artifacts. Topics of consideration examine place attachment at many scales including at the level of the artifact, human being, building, urban context, and region. We need a better understanding of human relationships to the past, our attachments to the events and places, and to the external influences on our attachments. This understanding will allow for better preservation methods pertaining to important places and buildings, and enhanced social wellbeing for all groups of people.

Covering a broad range of international perspectives on place meaning from the United States to Europe, Asia to Russia, and Africa to Australia, this book is an essential read for students, academics, and professionals alike.

chapter 1|15 pages

The Affect of Old Places

Exploring the Dimensions of Place Attachment and Senescent Environments
ByJeremy C. Wells

chapter 2|12 pages

Socioeconomic Factors that Affect Place Attachment in Europe

ByJuan A. Módenes

chapter 3|13 pages

Soviet Era Architecture and the Meaning it Holds for People of Lithuania

ByLiutauras Nekrošius

chapter 4|15 pages

Soviet and Non-Soviet Interiorities

The Construction of the Significance of Place Through the Architecture of Nowa Huta
ByCharles Drozynski

chapter 5|15 pages

The Framing of the Port Arthur Historic Site

ByAndrew Steen, Stuart King

chapter 6|9 pages

The Oneida Community

An Examination of Place Attachment in a Utopian Society
ByJanet White

chapter 7|12 pages

Mistaken Places

Mesoamerican Meaning in the Sixteenth-Century Catholic Courtyards of Mexico
ByJoshua Jacob Fitzgerald

chapter 8|13 pages

Dead Space

Place Attachment and Cemeteries
ByShad Thielman

chapter 9|13 pages

Heritage and Urban Development in Pakistan

Lessons from Boston’s West End Neighborhood 1
ByEleni Glekas, Khalid Ibrahim

chapter 10|17 pages

Implication of Displacement, Loss of Identity, and Sense of Belonging

Iran’s Revolution and the Means to Retain Persian Identity in a Home Away from Home
ByMitra Kanaani

chapter 12|11 pages

Displacement and Attachment

Examining Relations in the Production of Post-Apartheid Buildings in ‘Black Spaces’
ByGaarith Williams, Ziyana Lategan

chapter 13|13 pages

Troubled Waters and Place Attachment

A Spring in Cape Town and Loss of Place
ByTania Katzschner, Steven Robins

chapter 14|11 pages

Hong Kong’s Early Composite Building

Appraising the Social Value and Place Meaning of a Distinctive Living Urban Heritage
ByHo-yin Lee, Lynne D. DiStefano, Chi-pong Lai

chapter 15|12 pages

Living Heritage Versus Dead Relics?

Place Meanings and Boundary-Making in the Politics of Heritage in Postcolonial Hong Kong
ByLachlan B. Barber, Cecilia L. Chu

chapter 17|10 pages

Homunculi and Agencies

Inhabiting Synthetic Worlds and Wilderness
BySimon Y. Kim