Area of Study

Key Concepts in AOS Belonging

  • Refers to how the composer’s choice of language modes, forms, features and structures shape meaning and influence responses – these choices are influenced by a composer’s sense of belonging
  • How the concept of belonging is conveyed through the representations in texts of people, relationships, ideas, places, events and societies
  • Assumptions underlying various representations of the concept of belonging

  • How an individual’s perceptions of belonging or not belonging can vary and are shaped by his or her personal, cultural, historical and social context
  • The ways in which a responder perceives the world through texts

  • How the perspectives of the composer and the responder are shaped by personal, cultural, historical and social contexts, experiences and values

  • The connections between texts through the concept of belonging and the individual’s perceptions and understanding

Quotations about Belonging

"When you belong, it is based on the worst in you - racism, nationalism, hatred of strangers, exclusivism. You feel belonging to "your country" based on a contrast with "other countries", you feel belonging to "your race" in contrast to all others, you feel belonging to your religion" ini contrast to all others" - Francois Tremblay

"Positive feelings come from being honest about yourself and accepting your personality, and physical characteristics, warts and all and, from belonging to a family that accepts you without question" - Willard Scott

"You can't build a society purely on interests, you need a sense of belonging" - Valery Giscard d'Estaing

"Many of us are also nourished by friends, whom we love as family. We belong not only to them but also to other loved ones, to our neighbourhood, our town, our state, our country, and our world. How can we possibly juggle our responsibilities to all to whom we belong?" - Peggy O'Mara

"We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun" - William Glasser

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." Aldo Leopold

"By building relations we create a source of love and personal pride and belonging that makes living in a chaotic world easier" - Susan Leiberman

"Lowell is my home. It is where I drew my first breath. It is where I will always derive a sense of place and a sense of belonging" - Paul Tsongas

"In contrast to how a child belongs in the world, adult belonging is never as natural, innocent, or playful. Adult belonging has to be chosen, received, and renewed. It is a lifetime's work." - John O'Donohue

"As you grow, you develop the ideal of where your true belonging could be - the place, the home, the partner, and the work. You seldom achieve all the elements of the ideal, but it travels with you as the criterion and standard of what true belonging could be." - John O'Donohue