(Article of periodic en Français - 1982)

Document title

Nissonologie ou science des îles

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



This paper proposes a psychological approach to the study of a particular type of space. Islands offer a particularly good illustration of those essential relationships between the behaviour of living beings and the environments in which they reside. The study combines a phenomenological analysis of behaviour on the one hand with a psychoanalytical study of spatial experience along lines suggested by Jung and Bachelard on the other. It suggests that the particular geographic forms within which one lives necessarily imply a particular image of the world which, in turn, valorizes positively or negatively certain topological structuration of that world. Eventually this kind of research could yield a kind of "listing of psychological traits" for islands based on actual human and social needs.


Article of periodic

published at : L'espace géographique Paris

Editor :

Millesime : 1982, vol. 11, no4 [pp. 281-289]

Bibliographic references : 19 réf.



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