Previous studies of place attachment have tended to focus on the positive
(rather than negative) reasons why individuals associate themselves
with a particular place, while studies on memory and identity
have frequently been based on negative experiences of and in place.
Drawing on interviews and focus groups, this article highlights how
Germans and Poles with a history of forced migration have different
perceptions of the same geographical ‘home’, and how their tangible
and intangible encounters during a museum visit helped to generate
these understandings. It argues that a people-place-process complex
of attachment provides a more useful conceptualisation of belonging
than either place attachment or memory, because it encapsulates a
greater breadth of ideas that contribute towards these feelings.
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