Monday, 9 March 2015
Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory, and Identity,
Philip Sheldrake, John Hopkins/SCM, 2001, page 12
Philip Sheldrake has been talking about 'Place and belonging'. Now he switches topic and addreses commitment and participation.
Place thus has a great deal to do with commitment to human contexts and being accepted within them. Some recent writing on the psychology of space speaks of participation as a key element in being effectively placed.
When we are in 'place', we get, or become, involved.
A place, as opposed to a location, a mere object 'over there', invites participation in an environment. 'Environment', in the full sense, implies different sets of relationships both between people and between the natural habitat and human beings.