- Department of People and Society, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Adevi, Anna; Grahn, Patrik
Two different theories exist relating to preferences for landscapes: 1) people prefer certain types of landscape independent of their cultural and ethnic background-preferences are innate; 2) people prefer landscapes experienced during childhood regardless of their appearance owing to learned conceptions-preferences are determined by culture. Our aim was to evaluate relationships among preferences for landscapes and childhood landscapes. Results are based on a questionnaire sent out at random to 2000 people in Sweden, and on a qualitative study comprising 19 people. They show that people: i) feel more at home in the type of landscape they grew up in and more often choose to settle down in this type of landscape, even if they have moved from their childhood region; ii) prefer qualities connected to childhood landscapes. However, some of these qualities, those suggested to be innate, are more preferred than others. In conclusion, people prefer landscapes experienced during childhood, but seem to attach more easily to qualities that are suggested to have an innate significance.
Preference; landscape; ecological self; evolution; attachment
2012, Volume: 37, number: 1, pages: 27-49
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use