Reading for Students


Readings collected here cover a variety of topics and serve a variety of uses. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all readings you might assign in a place-conscious classroom. Rather, this list demonstrates the kinds of texts a place-conscious instructor might assign. Some readings, coming out of critical theory and poststrucuralist theory, may be of use in a course influenced by critical pedagogy. Other readings simply describe the concepts of space and place, which may be useful for first introducing students to the critical study of these subjects. Still others demonstrate how place-conscious topics might provide reading material for courses driven by other pedagogical models.

Some readings in this bibliography may be directly useful in any place-conscious course. The intention of the list, however, is to provide a model which may inspire instructors to select on their own those readings which are most relevant to their own goals and the needs of the local communities and institutions which they serve.


Theory Readings

Certeau, M. (1984). Walking in the city. In The practice of everyday life (pp. 91-110). University of California Press.

Debord, G. (1981). Theory of the derive. In K. Knabb (Ed.), Situationist International anthology (pp. 62-66).

Edbauer (Rice), J. (2005). Unframing models of public distribution: From rhetorical situations to rhetorical ecologies. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 35(4), 5-24.

Foucault. M., & Miskowiec, J. (1986). Of other spaces. Diacritics16(1), pp. 22-27.

Gruenewald, D. (2003). Foundations of place: A multidisciplinary framework for place-conscious education. American Research Journal, 40(3), 619-654.

Maton, K. (2014). Habitus. In M. Grenfell (Ed.), Pierre Bourdieu: Key concepts (pp. 49-65). Routledge.

Explaining Space and Place

Campbell, S. (2008). The complexity of places. In L. Christensen & H. Crimmel (Eds.), Teaching about place: Learning from the land, (pp. 81-97). University of Nevada Press.

Mathieu, P., Lindgren, T., Grattan, G., & Shultz, S. (2012). Writing places. Longman.

Saar, M., & Palang, H. (2009). The dimensions of place meaning. Living Reviews in Landscape Research3(3).

Seamon, D., & Sowers, J. (2008). Place and placelessness, Edward Relph. In P. Hubbard, R. Kitchen, & G. Vallentine (Eds.), Key texts in human geography (pp. 43-51), Sage.

Tuan, Y. (1977). Space and place: The perspective of experience. U. of Minnesota Press.

Explorations of Spaces and Places

Brown, S. (2016). Experiencing place: An auto-ethnography of digging and belonging. Public History Review, 23, 9-24.

Dickinson, G., & Aiello, G. (2016). Beyond authenticity: A visual-material analysis of locality in the gloabl redesign of Starbucks stores. Visual Communication13(3), 303-321.

Dickinson, G., & Maugh, C. M. (2008). Placing visual rhetoric: Finding material comfort in Wild Oats Market. In C. A. Hill & M. Helmers (Eds.), Defining visual rhetorics (pp. 259-276). Lawrence Erlbaum.

Ferdinand, R. (2015). Writing home: An auto-ethnography of space, culture, and belonging in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Space and Culture18(1), 69-80.

Rennels, T., & Purnell, D. (2017). Accomplishing place in public space: Autoethnographic accounts of homelessness. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography46(4), 490-513.

Locally-Focused Research Articles

Andreatta, S., & Parlier, A. (2010). The political ecology of small-scale commercial fishermen in Carteret County, North Carolina. Human Organization, 69(2), 180-191.

McCord, J., & Strynar, M. (2019). Identification of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the Cape Fear River by high resolution mass spectrometry and nontargeted screening. Environmental Science Technology, 53, 4717-4727.