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'People-Place-Process' and Attachment in the Museum: A new Paradigm for Understanding Belonging?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Susannah EckersleyORCiD



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

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Author(s): Eckersley S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

Year: 2017

Volume: 26

Issue: 2

Pages: 6-30

Print publication date: 01/09/2017

Acceptance date: 30/04/2017

Date deposited: 08/06/2018

ISSN (print): 1755-2923

ISSN (electronic): 1755-2931

Publisher: Berghahn Books Ltd.


DOI: 10.3167/ajec.2017.260203


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