Identity and ruins: Personal integration and urban disintegration understood through a touristic lens

Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics
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Literature and Aesthetics, 2012, 22 (1), pp. 156 - 170
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In the 1970s, scholars of the (natural and built) environment tended to explore the deep connections between personal identity and the landscape, defined as "the arrangement in physical space of artefacts and activity," with reference to relatively stable and traditional phenomena such as family, religion, and social structures. While it was acknowledged that humans engage in relational processes with their environment(s) and that individual and social identity can alter as a result of changes in the physical setting in which it was acted out, the normative dimensions of human interactions with spaces and the consensus meanings associated with what James S. Duncan, Jr called "very public landscapes" received disproportionate attention. This contrasted sharply with the radical approach adopted by scholars of tourism in the very same decade
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