Magazine article Geographical

(Inter)national Identities

Magazine article Geographical

(Inter)national Identities

Article excerpt

So much of geography today is tied into how people feel about the places they inhabit. But what happens to your sense of identity when the place you live is fundamentally altered by forces beyond your control. The recent vote by the UK to leave the European Union gave great numbers of people, on both sides of the issue, pause to start questioning just what being British really means.

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Our sense of identity is key to so much more than just what type of passport we hold. Feeling as though you belong somewhere plays into how we act upon the landscape around us. In Florida, there is such a sense of national pride for the iconic Everglades, that local groups have gone to great lengths to try to protect it for generations to come (see page 44). When people feel a sense of belonging, they will move mountains to protect the place they call home.

But what happens when your sense of identity is challenged by forces seemingly beyond your control? …

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