The space in which we live can be a very important determinant of cultural practices which shape our personal identities.
How has your life been influenced by those around you? Have you got a good sense of your urban or rural spatial environment? How has this shaped your identity as an individual? These are some of the questions that we need to answer to understand the space in which we live in. So in order to understand our own identity we need to think spatially.
“Really, thinking spatially means looking beyond ourselves, a recognition of others” states Doreen Massey. Space is outward bound. Identity is inward bound. It is this connection between the outward shaping the inward that is crucial in determining our own spatial identity. (...)
Spatial identity is not stagnant. As humans are moving beings, we can migrate or travel to different spaces which in turn also shape a part of our identity. For instance, I’ve lived in two different countries and traveled extensively to other parts of the globe, so my identity is somewhat cross-cultural. As space changes, so can personal identities. Personal identity can also be a choice with the place people identify most with, as opposed to those that had minimal effects on their life.