Spatial Syntagma and Identity of a Place: Sensing, Relating to, and Knowing a Place

Ali Cheshmehzangi

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Place is a complex and multi-dimensional system capable of embracing different uses, interpretations, and even various definitions. As a notion, place is composed of a series of narratives, characteristics, relations, and socio-spatial values that altogether can be regarded as the spatial syntagma of a place. The livelihood of a place is much dependent on its interrelated socio-spatiality, whereby people are not only part of a place but are mutually related to it; to shaping its happenings and forming its identities. In this study, the major focus is toward understanding place and people's environmental knowledge of place. Through this theoretical approach, this article aims to explore the concept of spatial syntagma on the basis of three major aspects of “sensing a place,” “relating to place,” and “knowing a place.” Moreover, this study aims to emphasize the notion of a place as a socio-behavioral network (or system) and verify characteristics, qualities, and the spirituality of a place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)799-810
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014


  • Spatial syntagma
  • environmental knowledge
  • identity
  • place making
  • socio-behavioral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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