Space and Place

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Space and Place

By Yi-Fu Tuan

University of Minnesota Press, Paperback, 9780816638772, 248pp.

Publication Date: January 22, 2001

A study of the ways in which people feel and think about space, how they form attachments to home, neighborhood, and nation, and how feelings about space and place are affected by the sense of time. Since it is the breadth and universality of his argument that concerns Yi-Fu Tuan, experience is defined as all the modes by which a person knows and constructs reality, and examples are taken with equal ease from non-literate cultures, from ancient and modern oriental and western civilizations, from novels, poetry, anthropology, psychology, and theology. The result is a remarkable synthesis, which reflects well the subtleties of experience and yet avoids the pitfalls of arbitrary classification and facile generalization. For these reasons, and for its general tone and erudition and humanism, this book will surely be one that will endure when the current flurry of academic interest in environmental experience abates. Canadian Geographer.

About the Author
YI-FU TUAN is among the most decorated geographers of all time. A Fellow of both the American Academy and British Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in 2012 he received the Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize, the highest award given in the field of geography and modeled after the Nobel Prize. For many years he taught at the University of Minnesota, and, from 1984 until his 'official' retirement in 1998, he held two endowed chairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serving as the John K. Wright Professor of Geography and the Vilas Research Professor of Geography. Professor Tuan has written twenty-two acclaimed and influential books since 1968, most recently "Romantic Geography: In Search of the Sublime Landscape, Humanist Geography: An Individual's Search for Meaning", and, with Martha A. Strawn, "Religion: From Place to Placelessness". Awards for Professor Yi-Fu Tuan: Award for Meritorious Contribution to the Association of American Geographers, Bracken Award in Landscape Architecture, Bush Sabbatical Fellow, Cullum Geographical Medal of the American Geographical Society, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the British Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fulbright-Hays Senior Scholar, John K. Wright Endowed Professor of Geography, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Journal of Geography Award from the National Council for Geographic Education, Laureat d'Honneur of the International Geographical Union, Phi Beta Kappa/Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar, Rowman and Littlefield Author Laureate, Stanley Brunn Award in Creativity from the Association of American Geographers, Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize (the 'Nobel Prize' in geography), Vilas Research Endowed Professor of Geography