Tim Ingold’s concept of taskscape encompasses landscape, social activity, and their reciprocal interactions over time. Taskscape is a pattern of activity, a motion of the whole community acting upon and being acted on by a landscape. This perspective centers sensory experience and meaning, rather than place attachment, as a central outcome of engagement with the physical environment (Dunkley 2007).
This perspective also implies the invocation of deeply felt emotions as people engage with taskscapes of daily life. Therefore, understanding local taskscapes, i.e. people’s sensory experiences of the setting in which they dwell, the improvised social activities of dwelling in response to sensory input, and the emotions they evoke, becomes a first step in addressing trauma recovery. This approach centers issues of relocation/dislocation of communities after a disaster, which become major sites of resistance and anguish during interactions with institutional authorities and experts. Victims of disasters want input into their temporary relocation and the rebuilding of their pre-disaster taskscapes.
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish, active by 1551, died 1569)
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