Portable Places: Serial Collaboration and the Creation of a New Sense of Place
In 1977, cultural geographer Yi-Fu Tuan defined place as "a special kind of object." He called place a "concretion of value, though not a valued thing that can be handled or carried about easily; it is an object in which one can dwell" (1977:12). Since then, defining "place" has been a popular activity over the years for scholars from a number of the humanities and social sciences, but Tuan's description of place as a kind of object is a fitting introduction to this article, which examines the possibility that objects - even those that can be "handled or carried about easily," despite Tuan's hesitation on that point - can function as places.
Portable Places: Serial Collaboration and the Creation of a New Sense of Place In Western Folklore 66.3-4 (2007): 281-300.