The history of Lypyrtti, an old pilot village in the southwestern coast of Finland, is for many villagers a story of depopulation of a vital community during the last fifty years. In 2005 the villagers of Lypyrtti expressed their interest in collecting the oral history of their village. This material is gathered, edited and released in the context of research on the topic of 'narrated environment', which draws attention to the interdisciplinary methods and theories of the practices of place making
Ethnographical Work as a Reciprocal Activity
Constitutive Acts of the Subject in Gezi Park, Istanbul
Christopher Houston and Banu Senay
. It is, in brief, a new knowledge of reality as much as it is an act of forgetting the past. We conclude by sketching out a phenomenology-inflected model of the constitution of subjects that demonstrates the importance both of place-making and of
An Israeli Case
The article investigates the symbolic construction of the Galilee as a rural place, as portrayed by the websites of leisure resorts seeking urban middle-class customers. The article argues that the Galilee is constructed as a symbolic, post-rural place by them, and that this process expresses a change in the construction of rural place and place in general as well as collective identity in Jewish Israeli society. Data was obtained from marketing websites of 50 leisure resorts in the Galilee. Findings indicate that the post-rural Galilee is composed mainly of four symbolic universes: rural style and atmosphere, agriculture and country gourmet, the experience of nature, and authenticity of place. This construction of rural place represents the voice of the urban middle class in the dynamics of place and collective identity in Jewish Israeli society.
The Allure of Israel’s Desert Landscapes
Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb
through these key periods. These eras—New Yishuv, Mandate, early state, and contemporary—follow the standard periodization in Zionist historiography, or what may be referred to as a national mythology of Jewish return and place making in the Land of Israel
Place Appreciation and Purposeful Relocation in Later Life
place-making, a basic requirement is to remember that we are not plants. In many languages, we use plant metaphors to refer to our place attachment – ‘roots’ for local bonds, ‘uprooting’ for displacement. But since we’re not plants, our physical and
History as a Resource in Postmodern Societies
Máiréad Nic Craith and Michaela Fenske
How do people use history to shape their lives, places and ‘worlds’? Which kind of history do they use, and in what ways? What are the functions of history in this context? How do people interact with places and spaces by constructing history, and what are the implications of these constructions for a sense of place? These are some of the questions explored in this special issue of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures on history and place-making.
The Mobile Itineraries of Knowledge-scapes
This special section elucidates intersections between the historiography of mobilities and the interdisciplinary field of mobilities research. The articles highlight relationships between mobilities and stabilization, circulation and place-making, deterritorialization and reterritorialization. This response essay seeks to dispel three myths about mobility studies: (1) that it is purely about the contemporary world, rather than the historical dimensions of mobile processes; (2) that it focuses solely on material phenomenon of physical transport (i.e., of things and people) and ignores the movement of ideas, knowledge, and culture; and (3) that it is purely about “flows” and “circulation” and has little to teach us about friction, resistances, blockages, or uneven power relations. The most important intersections of the histories of mobilities and the field of mobility studies can be found in the ways in which each emphasizes power differentials, blockages, friction, and the relation between mobilities and immobilities.
On the Creation of New Urban Museumscapes in Hong Kong and Seoul
Driven by global economic and cultural competition, Asian megacities seek future-oriented local and global self-representation using cutting-edge museums of contemporary art. This article analyzes the embedding of two vanguard museum projects, the “Museum+” in Hong Kong, China, and the new Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea, into long-term urban planning strategies and concepts. In order to understand the intended purpose and process of how the new museums of contemporary art are devised as public spaces of cultural selfrepresentation and urban identity building, the study monitors the complete design process from the city government’s urban and institutional planning strategies over architectural design to the museum’s mission statement and collection strategy. By comparatively tracing the museum projects in Hong Kong and Seoul, the evidence shows that, although they share a common global cities agenda, their pathways of urban place-making and community-building vary greatly. These variations depend on the historical role and current geopolitical repositioning of each city.
Affective Continuities across Muslim and Christian Settings in Berlin
Omar Kasmani and Dominik Mattes
experiences of urban mobility and migration, the two groups are commensurable despite their distinctiveness. In a comparative discussion of religious place-making in Berlin, we have argued that “inasmuch as affect arises from the specific, its visceral and
The Significance of Place for Girls and Girlhood Studies
the place-making practices of girls and young women, as well as the limitations they meet through institutional power structures. In the first section, “Girls in Latitude and Longitude,” which is a title derived from the video installation “Voices in