chapter  10
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Departures ...

At the outset it was stated that this book aimed to explore different ways that geographers have sought to exam ine the everyday interactions that occur between people and place. Of necessiry, we have travelled quite quickly through a variety of different geographical litera tures, alighting at various point s to see how different writers have theorized, studied and genera lly made sense of the relationships that exist between people and place. In essence, each chapter hints at a different way that geographers have sought to conceptualize (or imagine) this relationship. While it must be appreciated tha t each perspective or approach is a great deal more complex than can be described in one chapter, we hope that we have at least given a flavour of some of the more common ways that geographers have sought to make sense of the world. Starting by questioning the reductionist impulses evident in spatial science, the vario us chapters in this book have examined a number of ways that human geography has been re-peop led, focusing on the following ideas or theories:

• that interac tions between people and place are mediated through the cognitive processing of environmenta l information (Chapter 3);

• that place is constructed subjectively, with different senses of place emerging from the individual relations that people have with their surro undings (Chapter 4);

• that senses of place differ between members of different social gro ups, so that one person's place of safety and refuge is another's place of fear and danger (Chapter 5);

• that understan dings of the meanings of place emerge from widely shared (and socially produced) myths based on understandings of 'self' and 'o ther' (Chapter 6);

• that place myths are created by cultura l agents who seek to represent place in texts, media images and other cultura l artefacts (Chapter 7);

• that places are bound into complex power networks that enco urage people to behave in certa in ways in particular places, disciplining bodies in the process (Chapter 8);

• that experiences, perceptions and representa tions of place are struggled over and contested between different groups in the cultural politics of everyday life (Chapter 9).