Psychogeography – understanding and awareness of place/people for setting a story.
I wonder if perhaps writing is about obscuring self? Stepping away. Inhabiting other people, other places without bring your own mores, sensibilities or agenda and if possible erasing personal experience to re-imagine.
Have been reading David Joy an Appalachian writer and the almost visceral experience of his part of the world which he brings to his stories and characters in Where All Light Tends to Go and The Weight of this World is inspiring and humbling.