The book explores the unique contribution that geographers make to the concept of place attachment, and related ideas of place identity and sense of place. It presents six types of places to which people become attached and provides a global range of empirical case studies to illustrate the theoretical foundations. The book reveals that the types of places to which people bond are not discrete. Rather, a holistic approach, one that seeks to understand the interactive and reinforcing qualities between people and places, is most effective in advancing our understanding of place attachment.

chapter |16 pages


Putting place back in place attachment research
ByJeffrey S. Smith

part I|29 pages

Secure places

chapter 1|14 pages

Influence of memory on post-resettlement place attachment

ByMichael Strong

chapter 2|13 pages


Perceptions of tornado risk and the role of place attachment in Central Oklahoma
ByRandy A. Peppler, Kimberly E. Klockow, Richard D. Smith

part II|33 pages

Socializing places

part III|33 pages

Transformative places

chapter 5|14 pages

Making place through the memorial landscape

ByChris W. Post

chapter 6|17 pages

Exploring place attachment and the immigrant experience in comics and graphic novels

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival
BySteven M. Schnell

part IV|34 pages

Restorative places

part V|45 pages

Validating places

chapter 9|16 pages

Baseball stadiums and urban reimaging in St. Louis

Shaping place and placelessness
ByDouglas A. Hurt

chapter 10|14 pages

Avant-garde, wannabe Cowboys

Place attachment among Bohemians, Beatniks, and Hippies in Virginia City, Nevada
ByEngrid Barnett

chapter 11|13 pages

Lost in time and space

The impact of place image on Pitcairn Island
ByChristine K. Johnson

part VI|31 pages

Vanishing places

chapter 12|14 pages

Rethinking Fountainbridge

Honoring the past and greening the future
ByGeoffrey L. Buckley

chapter 13|15 pages

Landscapes of recovery

Shifting senses of place attachment in Kesennuma, Japan
ByRex “RJ” Rowley

chapter |14 pages


Methodologies of place attachment research
ByPaul C. Adams