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Do Places Play a Part in Personal Identity Construction?


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  • France Guérin-Pace


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    One in three of those questioned in the Life Story (Histoire de vie) survey stated that their place of origin or a place that they have an emotional attachment to are important for defining themselves. This spatial component of identity construction is evaluated in the survey by noting the successive places a person has lived in during their life and the more subjective places, such as places they have an emotional attachment to, places where they plan to live, their future burial place and their sense of geographical origin. Immigrants or people born of immigrant parents define themselves by referring to their place of origin much more than French people. Immigrants who have become French citizens refer less to their place of origin, even though they often cite it as a place to which they have an emotional attachment.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 393-394 (2006)
    Issue (Month): (November)
    Pages: 101-114

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es393-394g

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    Keywords: Geographical Trajectory; Territorial Belonging; Attachment Places;

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