chapter  3
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Knowing place

In Chapter 2 we began to look at how people's everyday movements in (and between) places differ according to their social and bodily characteristics. In particular, ideas of space-time routin es being structured around a limited number of places were considered, suggesting that people's lifestyles, while affected by globa l flows, are fundamentally distinctive and unique because of the individual and particular relationships they have with specific places. Yet simply to procla im that everybody is shaped by their surro undings in different ways because they 'use' a different range of places is widely regarded as insufficient by geographers who have (generally) sought to elucidate the complex relationships that exist between people and place. In this regard, a major insight of human geography has been to indicate that different people may experience the same place in very different ways according to their knowledge of that place. As such, the relat ionship between people and place varies according to people's understanding of what happens in the place, how it has been designed, what its boundaries are and so on.