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Rootedness Rootedness is the power of home to organize the habitual, bodily stratum of the person’s lived-space. Literally, the home roots the person spatially, providing a physical center for departure and return. Although inescapably a part of a larger geographical whole, the home is a special place because around it the person organizes his comings and goings: ‘space isn’t all equal for me. Where I live is a unique place because I’m always leaving it and coming back. 2). The body is the foundation of rootedness.

1 This work makes a significant contribution to the understanding of human relationships with place and territory. Discoveries in this book echo research on territoriality, and also explore additional qualities of place that situate the territorial dimensions of rest in a wider experiential structure. Rest refers to any situation in which the person or an object with which he or she has contact is relatively fixed in place and space for a longer or shorter period of time. Participants in the environmental experience groups described experiences of rest in such varied places as city, neighborhood, house and room.

Understanding the bodily stratum of lived-space might have produced a proposal that was more in tune with the commuters’ abilities to cope with change. htm[29/10/2009 19:03:44] CHAPTER 3 ignoring routine and bodily stability. Besides being severed from their taken-forgranted social world, relocated residents are removed from a bodily lived-space that was unquestioned before. Some people adjust better than others, but in general one can accept Fried’s summation of relocation’s impact as he generalizes from the experience of displaced residents in Boston’s West End: Losses [of place] generally bring about fragmentation of routines, of relationships, and of expectations, and frequently imply an alteration in the world of physically available objects and spatially oriented action.

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