Places have relational meaning

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People waiting to enter the Musée d'Orsay in Paris

No place has an identity that is purely internal.

Describing a themed place as relying on an identity established elsewhere may seem to imply that non-themed places have identities that are established wholly without external reference. But ordinary places too have identities that include references to other meanings and places. The grammar of courtroom activities refers explicitly to earlier English and American practices. Churches, dining rooms, parks, all have their constitutive external references.

There can be many kinds and degrees of such references, and they can be leveled down, as with the commonly accepted American house styles. But there is no degree zero of relation, no place whose identity has no references at all elsewhere. Places grammars involve meanings and norms, and meaning comes from contrast and relation to absent others.

So a themed place's reference to meaning elsewhere is a modulation of something that happens in all places.