Loss, Healing, and the Power of Place

Authors: Cox, H.M.1; Holmes, C.A.2

Source: Human Studies, Volume 23, Number 1, January 2000 , pp. 63-78(16)

Publisher: Springer

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Abstract:

Human beings have a tendency to transform geographical spaces into dwelling places which assume significance in terms of their social, cultural and personal identities. The authors describe the ways in which this occurs, how it is disrupted by a natural disaster - an Australian bushfire - and how the reciprocal relationship between place and person can contribute to personal and communal healing. The discussion draws on a doctoral thesis conducted by the principal author, and is illuminated by excerpts from narratives provided by those who experienced the bushfire. The discussion is informed by insights from phenomenological geography and ecological philosophy.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: 1: School of Nursing, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria 3217, Australia 2: University of Western Sydney Nepean, PO Box 10, Kingswood, New South Wales 2747, Australia

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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