Community Attachment

Local Sentiment and Sense of Place
  • David M. Hummon
Part of the Human Behavior and Environment book series (HUBE, volume 12)


In their reflections on place attachment, Shumaker and Hankin (1984) note that “few fields of inquiry are so clearly interdisciplinary in nature” as the study of human feelings about places. This theoretical complexity is inevitable, for the emotional bonds of people and places arise from locales that are at once ecological, built, social, and symbolic environments. Although environmental psychologists, social psychologists, and urban sociologists have been particularly involved in analyzing place attachments, architects, anthropologists, folklorists, and humanistic geographers have also contributed significantly to this rapidly expanding field of inquiry.


Community Life Personal Meaning Urban Life Emotional Attachment Place Attachment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Hummon
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyHoly Cross CollegeWorcesterUSA

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