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