concepts of place

Challenging concepts of ‘liquid’ place, interrogating given discourses about place and mobility, are at the heart of this enquiry. The particular perspective on this field was summarised in the original application for funding the project:

Place is a live and critical topic outside and within the academy. Refugees, migrants, and second-generation citizens wrestle with reconciling ‘new’ and ‘old’ places. As Bauman suggests (2001), those who sense a threat to their security-of-place sometimes retaliate with entrenchment and territorialisation. Unhappiness and violence can result from dis-ease with place; lack of place (atopia) may lead to a desire for belonging. In the academy, ‘mobility’ is understood as iconic of contemporary existence in contrast to ‘traditional’ place, often defined as static, bounded and permanent. Geographical movements of people are seen to be a result of both choice (‘exterritorialism’) and enforcement (deterritorialisation), while dislocation is perceived as a negative result of such mobility.

Such assumptions about ‘traditional’ place and ‘contemporary’ mobility need further scrutiny. What is the reality of these claims? How do those who might be perceived as vulnerable or at risk in their locations actually perceive ‘place’? …

Discussions about ‘place’ recurred throughout the Half Moon project of course and are present in many of the clips of the project in the following sections. In reflecting upon the project, a number of writings about young people, place and space became increasingly relevant as is reflected in the analyses of the project in later sections.

Links below offer some relevant considerations of place that occurred during the project.

  1. July planning - discussion of place

  1. Extra-ordinary