Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 265–284

The third place

  • Ramon Oldenburg
  • Dennis Brissett

DOI: 10.1007/BF00986754

Cite this article as:
Oldenburg, R. & Brissett, D. Qual Sociol (1982) 5: 265. doi:10.1007/BF00986754


This article examines the benefits that accrue from the utilization and personalization of places outside the workplace and the home. It is argued that participation in these third places provides people with a large measure of their sense of wholeness and distinctiveness. Third places are characterized in terms of sociability and nondiscursive symbolism. The benefits of third place involvement are discussed with reference to diversity and novelty, emotional expressiveness, color, and perspective.

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© Human Sciences Press 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramon Oldenburg
    • 1
  • Dennis Brissett
    • 2
  1. 1.University of West FloridaUSA
  2. 2.University of Minnesota-DuluthUSA

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