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The Role Of Schemas In Understanding Places

In this paper, first, I consider the concept of place, and argue that experiences of places are mostly consensual, and that we can learn about these experiences by exploring our schemas about places. Then I review related literature on place schemas, and provide an example from the literature regarding older adults, demonstrating the value of the concept of place schema. In the second part of the paper, I propose a model to conceptualize the emergence and evolution of place identities and related place schemas; finally, I refer to some supportive evidence from my own research involving assisted living facilities, homes and nursing homes for older adults.