Definition of psychogeography in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsīkōjēˈäɡrəfē/ /ˌsaɪkoʊdʒiˈɑɡrəfi/


  • 1The study of the influence of geographical environment on the mind or on behavior.

    ‘a newly emerging discipline within geography is psychogeography’
    • ‘Psychogeography is concerned with the human perception of place and how it changes over time.’
    • ‘In a way, what Hartmut is trying to do is meld psychogeography with biogeography, creating in effect, psycho-biogeography.’
    • ‘Psycho-geography, he says, "is concerned with places and the emotional states they provoke".’
    • ‘I'd like to know how much the idea of psychogeography got absorbed into disiplines like architecture and urban planning.’
    • ‘Psychogeography encourages us to follow some new logic that lets us experience our landscape anew, that forces us to truly see what we'd otherwise ignore.’
    1. 1.1The geographical environment of a particular location, typically a city, considered with regard to its influence on the mind or on behavior.
      ‘the psychogeography of Los Angeles’
      • ‘Mapping the psychogeography of the Americas was undoubtedly one of the obsessions of 20th century art.’
      • ‘The novel's subject matter, the mythology of Jack the Ripper, the 'psychogeography' of east London, would resurface frequently in his work.’
      • ‘Benes also has a fascinating piece on the psychogeography of the seventeenth-century Roman campagn.’
      • ‘It is not simply in the access to the levers of power that Washington faces the possibility of change, but in the psychogeography of the capital itself and its centre of political and social gravity.’
      • ‘The best pop music from Glasgow always eulogizes the psychogeography of the city.’


Early 20th century from psycho- + geography.