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Meaningful Places

  • Paolo Bartoloni
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Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Abstract

This chapter provides a theoretical overview of the significance and centrality of the relation between things and individuals. Starting from a discussion of Sigmund Freud’s reflection on happiness in Civilization and its Discontents, the discussion encourages a connection with the world of things and objects that goes beyond ephemerally fetishistic or purely instrumental impulses. Life acquires a sense and a meaning when anchored by a rich and profound relation with things. The emblematic example of potentially meaningful places and lives is provided through an investigation of the category of home as opposed to the house, and that of place as opposed to space.

Keywords

External World Symbolic Representation Mutual Relation Shopping Mall Gated Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paolo Bartoloni
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  1. 1.Italian, Arts Millennium BuildingNational University of Ireland, GalwayGalwayIreland

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