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Places are often thought of as ‘scenes’ upon which social life takes place. Such a static place-conception lends itself to a particular instrumental and simplistic way of thinking about places. Instead this paper seeks to illustrate that places are complex and relationally defined by multiple actors, human as well as non-human. The burning down of the Danish seaside hotel ‘Svinkløv Badehotel’ is used as a lens through which such place complexity is understood. The paper presents a theoretical scaffolding for understanding how Svinkløv Badehotel became articulated as an authentic place in the wake of the dramatic event. Through a combined analysis of place materiality and public media representation, an account is given of how a disruptive event can work as a productive lense for understanding places and thus illustrates the analytical point of the paper: that places are never ‘empty’ but are configured by multiple human as well as non-human actors.
|Journal||Space & Culture|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2022|
- place discourses
- place materiality
- disruptive events
- relational place
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Therkelsen, A., Jensen, O. B. & Lange, I. S. G.
15/10/2016 → 15/10/2019