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Article: Investigating urban migrants' sense of place through a multi-scalar perspective

TitleInvestigating urban migrants' sense of place through a multi-scalar perspective
Authors
KeywordsSense of place
Migrant
Multi-scalarity
Guangzhou
Culture center
Scale
Issue Date2011
Citation
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2011, v. 31, n. 2, p. 170-183 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper investigates the interconnections between sense-of-place dimensions across different geographical scales. While existing knowledge on sense of place has demonstrated that place meanings rest at various scales, little attention has been devoted to exploring how sense-of-place dimensions at different geographical scales can be interconnected in forming a multi-scalar construction of place meanings. In this paper, we approach this under-theorization of multi-scalarity of sense of place by looking at urban migrants' sense of place at two geographical scales - a community culture center and the city of Guangzhou, China. In so doing, we also contribute to the scholarship on Chinese urban migrant, particularly in terms of how urban migrants reestablish their psychological connections with place of destination through specific place experiences. Our research methodology combines both quantitative (structural equation modeling analysis with 104 questionnaires) and qualitative (12 in-depth interviews) approaches. Quantitative study reaches a structural model that has not been observed by existing research, while qualitative data provide strong empirical evidence in support of the statistical relations in the structural model. Major findings in this research include: 1. at the scale of culture center, place dependence contributes strongly to both place identity and place attachment, while the latter two dimensions can be seen as parallel constructs; 2. at the scale of Guangzhou, place dependence is a dimension independent of both place identity and place attachment, and on the other hand, it is place identity that has a strong impact on place attachment; 3. migrants' place dependence on the culture center significantly influences their place identity to Guangzhou, which further contributes to the migrants' place attachment to the city. Although the scope of this research is limited in its sampling and research location, the empirical evidence in this paper provides a basis to argue that the construction of sense of place involves the working of sense-of-place constructs at various geographical scales. Particularly, we also argue that connecting different places across geographical scales requires a delicate network that involves various sense-of-place constructs that work both within and across scales. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/238074
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dc.contributor.authorQian, Junxi-
dc.contributor.authorZhu, Hong-
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Yi-
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-03T02:12:47Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-03T02:12:47Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Environmental Psychology, 2011, v. 31, n. 2, p. 170-183-
dc.identifier.issn0272-4944-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/238074-
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates the interconnections between sense-of-place dimensions across different geographical scales. While existing knowledge on sense of place has demonstrated that place meanings rest at various scales, little attention has been devoted to exploring how sense-of-place dimensions at different geographical scales can be interconnected in forming a multi-scalar construction of place meanings. In this paper, we approach this under-theorization of multi-scalarity of sense of place by looking at urban migrants' sense of place at two geographical scales - a community culture center and the city of Guangzhou, China. In so doing, we also contribute to the scholarship on Chinese urban migrant, particularly in terms of how urban migrants reestablish their psychological connections with place of destination through specific place experiences. Our research methodology combines both quantitative (structural equation modeling analysis with 104 questionnaires) and qualitative (12 in-depth interviews) approaches. Quantitative study reaches a structural model that has not been observed by existing research, while qualitative data provide strong empirical evidence in support of the statistical relations in the structural model. Major findings in this research include: 1. at the scale of culture center, place dependence contributes strongly to both place identity and place attachment, while the latter two dimensions can be seen as parallel constructs; 2. at the scale of Guangzhou, place dependence is a dimension independent of both place identity and place attachment, and on the other hand, it is place identity that has a strong impact on place attachment; 3. migrants' place dependence on the culture center significantly influences their place identity to Guangzhou, which further contributes to the migrants' place attachment to the city. Although the scope of this research is limited in its sampling and research location, the empirical evidence in this paper provides a basis to argue that the construction of sense of place involves the working of sense-of-place constructs at various geographical scales. Particularly, we also argue that connecting different places across geographical scales requires a delicate network that involves various sense-of-place constructs that work both within and across scales. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Environmental Psychology-
dc.subjectSense of place-
dc.subjectMigrant-
dc.subjectMulti-scalarity-
dc.subjectGuangzhou-
dc.subjectCulture center-
dc.subjectScale-
dc.titleInvestigating urban migrants' sense of place through a multi-scalar perspective-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jenvp.2011.01.002-
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dc.identifier.volume31-
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dc.identifier.spage170-
dc.identifier.epage183-
dc.identifier.eissn1522-9610-
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