Topophilia (From Greek topos "place" and -philia, "love of") is a strong sense of place, which often becomes mixed with the sense of cultural identity among certain people and a love of certain aspects of such a place.
1 History of the term 2 In relation to local sports 3 Use in the media 4 Dark side 5 See also 6 Footnotes 7 External links
History of the term
Alan Watts's autobiography, In My Own Way (1972), starts with the
Topophilia is a word invented by the British poet John
Betjeman for a special love for peculiar places." But it was W. H.
Auden who used the term in his 1948 introduction to John Betjeman's
poetry book Slick but Not Streamlined, stressing that the term "has
little in common with nature love" but depended upon a landscape
infused with a sense of history. The term later appeared in the
French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's highly influential The Poetics
of Space (1958).
They are 'sacred spaces' for their followers, particularly if euphoric
or tragic incidents have taken place within them, such as the
They often have 'scenic' qualities, such as the view of the Gateway
Use in the media Topophilia, a feature-length documentary from 2015 by artist Peter Bo Rappmund that follows the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Dark side Topophilia also has a darker side, serving as a motive force behind nationalism and social exclusion, and even extending sometimes to the nazist celebration of Blood and Soil. See also
Edgelands Gary Snyder Heimat Hortus conclusus Spirit of place Genius loci
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Ogunseitan, Oladele A. " Topophilia and the Quality of Life", Environmental Health Perspectives 113(2), February 2005.
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