The Elementary Forms of Place and Their Transformations: A Durkheimian Model

@article{Smith1999TheEF,
  title={The Elementary Forms of Place and Their Transformations: A Durkheimian Model},
  author={Philip Chadwick Foster Smith},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
  year={1999},
  volume={22},
  pages={13-36}
}
Due to the fragmentary nature of research findings and conceptual models, the Durkheimian legacy remains undervalued in contemporary spatial theory. The paper addresses this neglect by proposing a unified Durkheimian model of place which can be applied to case history and comparative analyses. It draws together the fragmented insights of Durkheimian theory to characterize four elementary forms of place: sacred, profane, liminal and mundane. These place/space identities are maintained and… CONTINUE READING

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