(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1984)

Document title

Continuity and discontinuity

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

TUAN Yi Fu ;


Everywhere human beings show a tendency to perceive reality as consisting of both discrete elements and continuous processes. Individuals wish to draw boundaries around the parts they know, but to see them as an integrated whole| they want to be both protected from other persons and linked fraternally with them. They hope that their life runs smoothly and yet know that it is subject to drastic change, and finally they all confront as individuals the irreducible fact of death, that last discontinuity. Many seemingly unconnected topics studied by geographers-from the meaning of rootedness and mobility to the nature of ecological systems-reveal a family likeness to the extent that they reflect these fundamental human dichotomies.


Article of periodic

published at : Geographical review New York

Editor :

Millesime : 1984, vol. 74, no3 [pp. 245-256]

Bibliographic references : 19 réf.



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