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Space And Place by Yi-Fu Tuan
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Jan 04, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: at-cod-library, own, bought-online
Read in January, 2010

This is basically a geography professor's philosophy of geography. Yi-FU Tuan analyzes how we perceive and experience ("the experiential perspective") space, distance, and time, and how we acsribe personal meanings to certain spaces.. therefore making them places. If what i'm saying seems vague or way out there, this is basically the same way the book flows, except its not that difficult to understand.
A lot of the work isn't very empirical in it's sourcing, but logically sound. For instance, using linguistic origins for words defining spatial concepts as evidence of this-and-that argument about how spatial expanses are perceived, or a certain tribe's or indigenous peoples' ways of thinking about the spatial attributes of their world as they see it to argue how primitive man, uncorrupted by a cultural perspective might view the world spatially.
The credibility of this "essay" is basically lax, and should not be taken as ultimate truth, rather, as food for thought. Tuan simply relies on his life's worth of reading a plethora of sources through a geographer's perspective; although his logic in his arguments is mostly sound, it is never free of the influence of bias (his geographical perspective of novels, plays, research and his other sources used in the work) it strives to avoid in the first place. In reality, this is an example of what could be called "the experiential perspective of a geographer on space & place". In all fairness, this is what the reader initially expects, and it is what they get.
Overall, this is not poorly written, not too lengthy, not too abstract for the most part, and a great read for anyone interested in these topics. 4.5 stars if i could.

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