Evaluation of Third place Theory in The context of Local Social Places

Pajouh, Hamid Danesh; Saraf, Maral; Babamohamadi, Shahrzad; Taghibakhsh, Mehrdad
April 2014
Journal of Applied Sciences Research;Apr2014, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p301
Academic Journal
Theoretically the present study conceptualizes the idea of "third place" in local libraries. Widespread adaptation of environmental services and comfortable sitting place has generalized library as a pleasurable place. Discussing the social theories of location, in the present study we follow that the context of "third place" has changed during the time and whether we can call libraries as third places. Methodology and approach Methodology of the present research is qualitative to great extents. Designing interviews with libraries heads considering their practical purposes and using a firm concentrated group to discuss and speak with users was done in relation with their experiences. However this study draws quantitative information in the form of face to face questioning and answering and addressee-based considerations. Generally the results of the present study showed the main purpose of the discussions which is creating and changing a place to a third place. While the experience of user to local libraries has been usually positive and have received an enjoyable experience from the environment, these places can't be called third place because they don't have chat among themselves. The important and notable point is that designing an interior coffee shop attends the issue of socialization among the users of the libraries more. Research limitation/implications The study's scope is limited to local libraries in Iran. Future research should study the concept of third place in different cultures and bigger societies and provide suggestions and strategies for heads of libraries considering the environmental potentials of the place.


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