Following on from the ground-breaking first edition, which received the 2014 EDRA Achievement Award, this fully updated text includes new chapters on current issues in the built environment, such as GIS and mapping, climate change, and qualitative approaches.

Place attachments are powerful emotional bonds that form between people and their physical surroundings. They inform our sense of identity, create meaning in our lives, facilitate community, and influence action. Place attachments have bearing on such diverse issues as rootedness and belonging, placemaking and displacement, mobility and migration, intergroup conflict, civic engagement, social housing and urban redevelopment, natural resource management, and global climate change.

In this multidisciplinary book, Manzo and Devine-Wright draw together the latest thinking by leading scholars from around the globe, including contributions from scholars such as Daniel Williams, Mindy Fullilove, Randy Hester, and David Seamon, to capture significant advancements in three main areas: theory, methods, and applications. Over the course of fifteen chapters, using a wide range of conceptual and applied methods, the authors critically review and challenge contemporary knowledge, identify significant advances, and point to areas for future research.

This important volume offers the most current understandings about place attachment, a critical concept for the environmental social sciences and placemaking professions.

chapter |10 pages


ByLynne C. Manzo, Patrick Devine-Wright

part I|82 pages


chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Metatheoretical moments in place attachment research: Seeking clarity in diversity

ByDaniel R. Williams, Brett Alan Miller

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

Place attachment and phenomenology: The dynamic complexity of place

ByDavid Seamon

chapter Chapter 3|16 pages

Parallels between interpersonal and place attachment: An update

ByLeila Scannell, Elizabeth Williams, Robert Gifford, Carmen Sarich

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages

In search of roots: Restoring continuity in a mobile world

ByMaria Lewicka

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Place attachment as discursive practice: The role of language, affect, space, power, and materiality in person-place bonds

ByAndrés Di Masso, John Dixon, Kevin Durrheim

part II|66 pages


chapter Chapter 6|17 pages

Theoretical and methodological aspects of research on place attachment

ByBernardo Hernández, M. Carmen Hidalgo, Cristina Ruiz

chapter Chapter 7|16 pages

The role of qualitative approaches to place attachment research

ByLynne C. Manzo, Laís Pinto de Carvalho

chapter Chapter 9|16 pages

Beyond the “local”: Methods for examining place attachment across geographic scales

ByChristopher Raymond, Sarah Gottwald

part III|102 pages


chapter Chapter 10|17 pages

Community responses to environmental threat: Place cognition, attachment, and social action

ByNikolay L. Mihaylov, Douglas D. Perkins, Richard C. Stedman

chapter Chapter 12|15 pages

Place attachment and environment-related behavior

ByFerdinando Fornara, Massimiliano Scopelliti, Giuseppe Carrus, Mirilia Bonnes, Marino Bonaiuto

chapter Chapter 13|18 pages

Reattach! Practicing endemic design

ByRandolph T. Hester

chapter Chapter 14|17 pages

Dynamics of place attachment in a climate changed world

ByPatrick Devine-Wright, Tara Quinn