Phenomenological Perspectives on Place, Lifeworlds and Lived Emplacement is a compilation of seventeen previously published articles and chapters by David Seamon, one of the foremost researchers in environmental, architectural, and place phenomenology. These entries discuss such topics as body-subject, the lived body, place ballets, environmental serendipity, homeworlds, and the pedagogy of place and placemaking.

The volume's chapters are broken into three parts. Part I includes four entries that consider what phenomenology offers studies of place and placemaking. These chapters illustrate the theoretical and practical value of phenomenological concepts like lifeworld, natural attitude, and bodily actions in place. Part II incorporates five chapters that aim to understand place and lived emplacement phenomenologically. Topics covered include environmental situatedness, architectural phenomenology, environmental serendipity, and the value of phenomenology for a pedagogy of place and placemaking. Part III presents a number of explications of real-world places and place experience, drawing on examples from photography (André Kertész’s Meudon), television (Alan Ball’s Six Feet Under), film (John Sayles’ Limbo and Sunshine State), and imaginative literature (Doris Lessing’s The Four-Gated City and Louis Bromfield’s The World We Live in).

Seamon is a major figure in environment-behavior research, particularly as that work has applied value for design professionals. This volume will be of interest to geographers, environmental psychologists, architects, planners, policymakers, and other researchers and practitioners concerned with place, place experience, place meaning, and place making.

chapter 1|12 pages

An Introduction

Going Places

part Part I|71 pages

The Value of Phenomenology for Studying Place

chapter 2|24 pages

Lived Bodies, Place, and Phenomenology

chapter 3|12 pages

The Wellbeing of People and Place

chapter 5|18 pages

Whither Phenomenological Research?

Possibilities for Environmental and Place Studies

part Part II|78 pages

Understanding Place Phenomenologically

chapter 6|26 pages

Merleau-Ponty, Lived Body, and Place

Toward a Phenomenology of Human Situatedness

chapter 7|9 pages

Serendipitous Events in Place

The Weave of Bodies and Context via Environmental Unexpectedness and Chance

chapter 8|15 pages

Architecture, Place, and Phenomenology

Buildings as Lifeworlds, Atmospheres, and Environmental Wholes

part Part III|109 pages

Places, Lived Emplacement, and Place Presence

chapter 12|13 pages

Place, Belonging, and Environmental Humility

The Experience of “Teched” as Portrayed by American Writer Louis Bromfield

chapter 13|16 pages

Finding One's Place

Environmental and Human Risk in American Filmmaker John Sayles' Limbo

chapter 14|13 pages

Phenomenology and Uncanny Homecomings

Homeworld, Alienworld, and Being-at-Home in Alan Ball's HBO Television Series, Six Feet Under

chapter 15|9 pages

A Phenomenology of Inhabitation

The Lived Reciprocity between Houses and Inhabitants as Portrayed by American Writer Louis Bromfield

chapter 16|12 pages

Using Place to Understand Lifeworld

The Example of British Novelist Penelope Lively's Spiderweb

chapter 17|16 pages

Moments of Realization

Extending Homeworld in British-African Novelist Doris Lessing's Four-Gated City

chapter 18|12 pages

Looking at a Photograph

André Kertész's 1928 Meudon: Interpreting Aesthetic Experience Phenomenologically