Connecting physical and social dimensions of place attachment: what can we learn from attachment to urban recreational spaces?

Madgin, R. , Bradley, L. and Hastings, A. (2016) Connecting physical and social dimensions of place attachment: what can we learn from attachment to urban recreational spaces? Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 31(4), pp. 677-693. (doi:10.1007/s10901-016-9495-4)

Madgin, R. , Bradley, L. and Hastings, A. (2016) Connecting physical and social dimensions of place attachment: what can we learn from attachment to urban recreational spaces? Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 31(4), pp. 677-693. (doi:10.1007/s10901-016-9495-4)

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the ways in which people form attachments to recreational spaces. More specifically it examines the relationship between recreational spaces associated with sporting activity in urban neighbourhoods and place attachment. The focus is on the ways in which changes to these spaces exposes the affective bonds between people and their surroundings. The paper applies a qualitative methodology, namely focus groups and photo elicitation, to the case study of Parkhead, a neighbourhood in the East End of Glasgow. Parkhead has historically been subjected to successive waves of redevelopment as a result of deindustrialization in the late twentieth century. More recently redevelopment associated with the 2014 Commonwealth Games involved further changes to neighbourhood recreational spaces, including refurbishing of existing sports facilities and building new ones.This paper reflects on the cumulative impacts of this redevelopment to conclude (a) that recreational sports spaces provoke multi-layered and complex attachments that are inextricably connected to both temporal and spatial narratives and (b) that research on neighbourhood recreational spaces can develop our understanding of the intricate relationship between the social and physical dimensions of place attachment.

Item Type:Articles (Other)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bradley, Dr Lisa and Hastings, Professor Annette and Madgin, Professor Rebecca
Authors: Madgin, R., Bradley, L., and Hastings, A.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN:1566-4910
ISSN (Online):1573-7772
Published Online:27 January 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 31(4): 677-693
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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