Ukr. geogr. z. 2015, N4:24-30

I.V. Gukalova - Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv.


The purpose of the publication - disclosure of the «spatial population identity” term with the characteristics of its main components in the context of changing perceptions of space (territory). The essence of identity concept and necessity to defy it not as personal but as a collective inherent attribute of socio-territorial community is reviewed in the article. The novelty of the work lies in the rationale for extension of social geography subject field through the study of the mental sections of the population connection to the territory, critical thinking as well as improvement of the concepts and approaches which underpin it. Author’s definition of the population spatial identity has been presented as well as the new areas of research, study of which will contribute to understanding the mechanisms of its actualization have been formulated.

Key words: 
space, territory, perception of space, spatial identity, territorial community, regional society

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