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Senses of place in flux: a generational approach

Suzanne H. Hammad (School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 6 September 2011




The purpose of this paper is to explore and illuminate the various ways in which different generations experience and interpret their home and land in one divided Palestinian village in the West Bank.


The study is based on mental maps, walk‐alongs and semi‐structured interviews.


The paper explores the intergenerational geographies of adults and children from one household located in the village of Bilin and outlines the dynamics of continuity and change in their attitudes to and experiences of contested place and space.


The paper suggests that generational perspectives are essential for acquiring a holistic, meaningful understanding of the complexities and subtleties of contested places.



Hammad, S.H. (2011), "Senses of place in flux: a generational approach", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 31 No. 9/10, pp. 555-568.



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