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The past, even the form of a remembered landscape, is essential in order to understand what we are seeing: “Patterns in the landscape make sense to us because we share a history with them” (Lowenthal 1975, 5). Buttimer recognizes that nostalgia for place, and particularly for rural settings, is often experienced by persons enveloped by urban surroundings. She suggests that such feelings are strongest during periods of significant change in either social or physical environment (Buttimer 1980, 166).
Home has been a theme of research in disciplines as varied as anthropology, environmental psychology, sociology, gerontology, women’s studies, history, ethnoarchaeology, architecture, education, planning, and geography. Indeed, home is one of the central concepts of human geography. ” At the meso scale, Kniffen believed that mapping the types of houses in Louisiana was an “attempt to get an areal expression of ideas regarding houses – a groping toward a tangible hold on the geographic expression of culture” (Hartshorne 1949, 230).
H o me as sy m b o l For most people, there is a transformation of the experience of space or a piece of land into a culturally meaningful and shared symbol, that is, place. The symbol (place) then evokes the transformed experience and reminds us of its cultural meanings and social implications. Low (1992, 286) Just as place transforms to a symbol, so does home in most of its manifestations. QXD 9/9/2001 10:32 AM Page 37 Home 37 collective symbolism to their round dwellings. In contrast, the formerly nomadic Basarwa of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana attach no symbolism to their dwellings (Kent 1992, 3), but this is rare.