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Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology



Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
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I'd like to return to Basso's assertion that "sense of place is a universal experiential genre" (87). "Sense of place" refers back to the idea that place is perceived through physiological means, as many authors have discussed. The culturally "universal experiential" aspect to sensing place means that all humans try to explain what they see, touch, smell, hear, and taste around them. However, the idea that sense of place is not a thing, but a genre, is a compelling way to think about the "multilocal" approach to place.

Perhaps, relating to Kabyle house, sense of place can be deeply rooted in a past ideal. Because he never experienced a traditional Berber house, Bourdieu created a fiction based on the longings of displaced informants to the way things once were. In other words, Bourdieu's goal was to find "roots" for Kabyle honor in the premodern, and the criticism of this "place sense" came when the house became a symbol for a post-colonial Kabylia.