Identity, The Beginning Word of Explaining the Relation Between Humans and Space

정체성, 인간과 공간의 관계를 설명하는 노두

  • Park, Seung-Kyu (Department of Social Studies Education, Chuncheon National University of Education)
  • 박승규 (춘천교육대학교 사회과교육과)
  • Received : 2013.06.04
  • Accepted : 2013.06.21
  • Published : 2013.06.30


This paper aims to reveal that 'identity' plays the crucial role of explaining the relation between humans and space. Geography is preoccupied with footprints of humans which are engraved on the ground. It explores why such tokens are left over. It explains the existence of humans through footsteps of them. Men leaves traces of themselves to notify that who I was and who we were. The traces left behind by humans contain narratives of their own. Through those narratives, the very men who left the traces on the ground are to be grasped. A trace engraved by a person expresses its own identity of representing that person, so the narrative contained by one trace is the narrative of that individual. The identify which is composed of its own narrative can be largely divided into two types. The two are 'changing identity' and 'unchanging identity'. 'Changing identity' shapes the identity of oneself by difference. 'Unchanging identity' constructs the identity by identifying itself with sameness. However, as one's figure in everyday life becomes identical or different, identity also varies through processes of generation and repetition. Therefore, identity is currently changing and in progress.