Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on space and place as cultural phenomena, as sites where meaning and identities are produced or maintained. People experience different cultures through the course of mobility (Cresswell, 2004).
Cosmopolitan identity is formed through mobility and the reduction of the significance of one’s indigenous place. Place and mobility always go hand in hand, and they tend to be hybrid in the long run. In the 21st century, identity is based on communication, mobility, and allegiance to more than one place. the trend may be due to technological advances that have opened up the world and made every place accessible. According to Malpas, places are relational, in that that they can be related to each other. He further clarifies that places are bound yet still open, surface-oriented, temporarily dynamic, and relational (Cresswell, 2004).
The term place can be described in three approaches. descriptive, socially constructive, and phenomenological. The descriptive approach resembles the common-sense idea of the world as a set of places, with each set having its own unique entity. The social constructionist approach is particularly concerned with specific instances of the general situation or place and involves explaining the individual unique characteristics of the place. The phenomenological approach attempts to define the necessity of human existence as that which is necessary. The place is essential in understanding human character, and more specifically his culture. The cultural aspect of human life is geographically constructed. Society is inconceivable without place (Cresswell, 2004). The place is threatened by the hypermobility of flexible transportation, mass communication, and capital. Political struggles over a place give rise to opportunities for resistance to capitalist forces. The Macmillan dictionary describes space as the time period in which something occurs (Space definition, 2015). Forever, the gay population managed to successfully mobilize symbols of gay identity through creative and progressive politics in 1984, as observed by Benjamin Forest. Forest argues that the gay community managed to have a broader identity, rather than just simple sexual acts by politically constituting place as a geographical emphasis on the gay identity. On this occasion, place played a role in normalizing and naturalizing the identity of the gay (Cresswell, 2004).