Rural Sense of Place: A Change in Relationship

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Mary Grace Curiale (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Jane Haladay

Abstract: Sense of place research aims to provide reasoning as to why individuals become connected or attached to particular spaces. Multiple disciplines hold their own theories as to how sense of place is developed, determined, and its purpose. In the southern United States, sense of place and place attachment within the region is a powerful aspect of the regional culture. While many studies discuss sense of place and how to qualitatively measure it as a construct, few discuss change of an individual's sense of place emotionally or psychologically, particularly after a nature disaster. In this paper, three participants from Fair Bluff, North Carolina were interviewed to qualitatively note a change in sense of place after the town was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Sense of Place, Rural, Natural Disaster, Southern Identity, Attachment to Place, Hurricane Matthew, Place Attachment

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