Having a sense of one's place: challenges of identifying and nurturing social and environmental community affordances

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Pretty, Grace. 2010. "Having a sense of one's place: challenges of identifying and nurturing social and environmental community affordances." Mrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas (ed.) 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010). Melbourne, Australia 11 - 16 Jul 2010 Melbourne, Australia.
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Having a sense of one's place: challenges of identifying and nurturing social and environmental community affordances

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AuthorPretty, Grace
EditorsMrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas
Journal or Proceedings TitleAbstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology
Number of Pages1
Year2010
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881467
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.icap2010.com
Conference/Event27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Details
27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Date
11 to end of 16 Jul 2010
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

This paper demonstrates how an understanding of people's relationships with the physical spaces they occupy as home and community can contribute to our practice at individual, social and environmental levels. Community
psychology suggests how a social residential community can influence the ability of its people to thrive and sustain cultural vitality with concepts such as sense of community and belonging. Similarly environmental psychology
informs the understanding of the physical context of the residential community. Concepts such as sense of place, place identity and attachment suggest how spaces become places which afford inhabitants opportunities for
biopsychosocial development and well being. This paper weaves these theoretical threads of community, environmental and ecological psychology and its research to describe processes by which people attribute meaning to
their physical surroundings and subsequently symbolically represent them as home and community. Methods are presented for observing this fabric as a source and site for consultation regarding current individual, social
and environmental challenges. Social justice issues embedded in current inequities of environmental affordances are considered from the experiences of adolescents, indigenous peoples, and rural and immigrant communities.

Keywordssocial environment; environmental psychology; community
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Psychology
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