Places and activities

Thank you anne for the reference on your blog about space and place by Andy Crabtree. A place is portion of space within which specific social activities of various kinds occur. According to Goffman (1961), space and places are institutionalised and, as such, constrain and shape ACTION.

Seen from this interactionist point of view, a place hence "consist of intelligible or meaningful material arrangements which are tied to the performance of particular activities". The author takes the example of libraries in which the accomplishment of searching is tied to the mundane arrangements of the building.

Crabtree describes the intelligible character of spatial arrangements as made up of four components : - visibility/readibility - built for their visibility - public or commonly known - paired with interactional competences for their use.