Over the past few decades, geographers and other cultural theorists have explored the connection between identity and place. There is an emerging emphasis suggesting that place is more than simply a physically-bound entity, it consists of a set of socio-spatial relations. lt is argued that identity is highly intertwined with these relations, which, in turn, are closely related to ideas of community and territory. Communicating the significance of the identity-place connection can be achieved through recognizing the ways in which people relate with one another and the environment, including the meanings they attribute to practices, such as the governance of natural resources.
North Atlantic Forum 2011: Culture Place and Identity at the Heart of Regional Development