The Social Construction of a Sense of Place Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this investigation was to explore the meanings recreationists tenting at an agricultural fair associated with the settings in which their fair experience occurred. Using a symbolic interactionist framework, our analysis of data collected through onsite observation and using photo-elicitation guided interviews illustrated that informants' place meanings were the product of interactive processes involving the individual, their social world and the physical setting. These interactions elicited meanings tied to place that were largely independent of the physical attributes that defined the setting. Most significant were specific place experiences shared with family and close friends. The importance attached to these relationships and experiences were embedded in the spatial contexts that encapsulated informants' fair experience. Findings from this investigation shed light on the social construction of place meaning within a built environment.

published proceedings

  • Leisure Sciences

altmetric score

  • 9.616

author list (cited authors)

  • Kyle, G., & Chick, G.

citation count

  • 175

complete list of authors

  • Kyle, Gerard||Chick, Garry

publication date

  • May 2007