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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.
Author(s): Eckersley S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
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.
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