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Tuan, Yi-Fu. Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1977.

Yi-Fu Tuan examines the interactions and implications of "space" and "place"—the "basic components of the lived world"—within the perspective of experience. One of the interesting dialectics Tuan uses is "Place is security, space is freedom." One of the central themes of the book is the experiencese of the subject in space—in Tuan's own words—"how the human person, who is animal, fantasist, and computer combined, expereinces and understands the world." Tuan's definitions of "place" and "space" flow throughout the book in a fluid fashion while they shift as he applies different aspects of experience to his focus. The book begins with a focus on how the child is brought into, by varying experiences, spatial values and realities. The middle section of the book examines various themes ranging from the body, the experience of crowding, knowledge and ability, and myth. An extremely powerful part of the work begins in chapter nine when Tuan brings the idea of time into the discourse. The "spatio-temporal" world he discusses shows how time and space go hand and hand in interpretation. As Tuan applies his concepts to cultural examples throughout the work he shows how, above all, we are oriented in place, space, and time. The book takes many different twists and turns in applying "place" and "space" to experience; however, as Tuan writes, his book is "aiming more often to suggest than to conclude." [N. King]