Special Issue "Place Attachment in the Age of Globalization, Digitalization and Virtual Reality"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Yael Ram
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Guest Editor
Ashkelon Academic College, Ben Zvi 12, Ashkelon, Israel
Interests: Mobility; Tourism; Tourist Behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The link between the self and the place is known as ‘Place Attachment’, and is composed of emotional, social and cognitive components. Place attachment is a geographical and psychological construct that contributes to the feeling of “being at home”. Additionally, it can provide a sense of trust and security and, potentially, support pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors.

The age of globalization and digitalization changes the way that people are connected to places. ICT and globalization do not only disconnect people from tangible and distinct places (e.g. my village, my hometown) but also offer them multiple networks of new attachments to other tangible and intangible places. Furthermore, by means of globalization and technology people may be attached to places that they have visited for only short periods or have only experienced them online or by using virtual reality devices. However, the implications of technological-driven place attachment are not known yet.

This Special Issue provides a forum to discuss and identify the implications of digitalization, globalization, tourism and virtual reality on the psychological construct of place attachment. Special attention should be given to the implication of these developments in mobility and technology on the links between place attachment and pro-environmental behaviours, aiming to identify the barriers, challenges and opportunities for sustainability. 

Dr. Yael Ram
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Place Attachment
  • Pro-environmental behavior
  • Globalization
  • ICT
  • Place relationships
  • Topophilia
  • Sense of place

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Local Place-Identities, Outgoing Tourism Guidebooks, and Israeli-Jewish Global Tourists
Sustainability 2021, 13(18), 10265; https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810265 - 14 Sep 2021
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The current research is based on a socio-historical approach to the cultural role of tourism media in the reconstruction of cultural identities, specifically place-identity. It explores the role of Israeli outgoing tourism guidebooks in the reconstruction of local, Israeli place-identities. Stemming from a [...] Read more.
The current research is based on a socio-historical approach to the cultural role of tourism media in the reconstruction of cultural identities, specifically place-identity. It explores the role of Israeli outgoing tourism guidebooks in the reconstruction of local, Israeli place-identities. Stemming from a multidisciplinary methodological approach to the research of the book publishing industry, 17 titles written in Hebrew for Israeli outgoing tourists are chosen for their cultural stance and a manifest textual referencing of issues regarding Israeli identity. Critical discourse analysis of lingual content is used for exploring the texts’ social actions regarding the Israeli identity by following the inclusion and omission of tourist information and suggested itineraries. Results suggest justification of tourism abroad as the books’ main textual strategy. Six textual tactics are used for reconstructing Israeli tourists’ pre-trip motivations, on-trip tourist roles and behaviors, and post-trip reflections. Israeli outgoing tourism is reconstructed as creating a temporary, playful sphere for reiterating Israel’s predominance in the lives of Israelis even while touring abroad. The cultural significance of tourism media is discussed in conclusion by pointing at the books’ double role in both marketing and cultural construction of a consensual Israeli-Jewish pace-identity amidst global changes. Full article
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Hiking, Sense of Place, and Place Attachment in the Age of Globalization and Digitization: The Israeli Case
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4548; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114548 - 03 Jun 2020
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Based on the premise that hiking in Israel is strongly related to constructs of sense of place and place attachment, this study analyzes the motivations and experiences of hikers along the Israel National Trail. To this end, it employs diverse methods, including ethnographic [...] Read more.
Based on the premise that hiking in Israel is strongly related to constructs of sense of place and place attachment, this study analyzes the motivations and experiences of hikers along the Israel National Trail. To this end, it employs diverse methods, including ethnographic methods such as participant observations and informal interviews, questionnaires, analysis of digital communications, diary analysis, and autoethnography. The findings indicate that the main motivations and experiences of Israeli hikers pertain to “getting to know” the Land of Israel “with their feet,” becoming connected to the land, and feeling a strong sense of Israeli identity. They also indicate that the current relationships among different concepts of “sense of place,” “place identity,” “place dependence,” and “place attachment” in the age of globalization and digitization are blurred and unclear, but that they nonetheless play a significant role in hiking in Israel and Israeli leisure activities in general. Full article
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Environmental Satisfaction, Residential Satisfaction, and Place Attachment: The Cases of Long-Term Residents in Rural and Urban Areas in China
Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6439; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226439 - 15 Nov 2019
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Drawing on literature from environmental psychology and urban planning, this study evaluates the relationships between environmental satisfaction, residential satisfaction, and place attachment in the context of both rural and urban areas in China. A field survey was carried out with 490 valid questionnaires [...] Read more.
Drawing on literature from environmental psychology and urban planning, this study evaluates the relationships between environmental satisfaction, residential satisfaction, and place attachment in the context of both rural and urban areas in China. A field survey was carried out with 490 valid questionnaires collected in rural areas and 420 from urban areas in China. Partial least squares path modeling was applied for testing the relationships between the three main constructs. The results indicate a significant mediating role of residential satisfaction between environmental satisfaction and place attachment, suggesting the importance of residential satisfaction in residents’ attachment-building to place. This study also found significant differences between rural and urban contexts with the mediating effect of residential satisfaction being absent from the rural sample. Full article
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