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Journal special issues: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Place

People “live” and constitute places every day through recurrent practices and experience. Our everyday lives, however, are complex, and so are places. In contrast to abstract space, the way people experience places includes a range of aspects like physical setting, meaning, and emotional attachment. This inherent complexity requires researchers to investigate the concept of place from a variety of viewpoints. The formal representation of place is no exception and can only be successfully addressed if we consider geographical, psychological, anthropological, sociological, cognitive, and other perspectives.

True interdisciplinary cooperation on the topic of place transcending disciplinary boundaries is still rare. Geographers have developed a rich conceptual understanding of holistic places, psychologists and cognitive scientists deal with the more individual aspects of perception and conceptualisation, and GIScience scholars are focussing on formalising and conceptualising place-based GIS. Research on place does often not cross the boundaries of those different domains. In view of the complexity outlined above, interdisciplinary accounts of place are desirable and will presumably lead to a better understanding of the concept than monodisciplinary approaches.
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