International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Toward Exploring Sense of Place in the Context of the Military: A proposed Conceptual Model for Future Research
Atina Kia, MS, MFA; Debajyoti Pati, PhD, FIIA, IDEC, LEED AP

This article explores the concept of "sense of place" within a military environment, an approach that has received limited attention among scholars. While negative assumptions or connotations about the military environment are often held (i.e., dangerous, and stressful), this article aims to reach a common ground for the definition of what constitutes sense of place, including its features and its performance in the specific context of the military. To address this gap, the paper proposes a conceptual model of sense of place in the context of the military that consists of physical attribute, meaning, and the aspect of activity and socializing with respective sub-dimensions of landscape and housing type, identity, and socializing and active engagement. This suggested framework will advance the concept of well-being, which can be applied to stimulate new research to partially explain challenges and problems that may impact military members after leaving the military environment.

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