The Role of Place Identity in the Perception, Understanding, and Design of Built Environments

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In an era of globalization, where the progressive deterioration of local values is a dominating characteristic, identity is seen as a fundamental need that encompasses all aspects of human life. One ...
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Place Identity: A Central Concept in Understanding Intergroup Relationships in the Urban Context

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Fátima Bernardo and José Manuel Palma-Oliveira


The aim of this chapter is to emphasize the importance of the place identity concept in understanding inter-group relationships in the urban context. Due to the weakness of the concept, we propose to understand place identity as a self-categorization process in terms of belonging to a place. And in this sense, we propose to understand this concept using the principles and strategies identified by social identity theory. A set of studies developed by us in recent years are reviewed and discussed, in order to contribute to systematization of the concept and simultaneously contribute to the understanding of the city in particular, and the political space in general, as a mosaic of interrelated identities.


Place identity, intergroup relationships, urban studies.


Centre of Urban Studies, Technical Institute of Lisbon (IST) and Psychology Department, University of Évora, Portugal