Foregrounding the region
|Author:||Paasi, Anssi1; Metzger, Jonathan2|
1Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Linnanmaa, Finland
2Division of Urban and Regional Studies, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
|Online Access:||PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.7 MB)|
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe201703305870
|Publish Date:|| 2017-03-30
This paper scrutinizes the everlasting but transforming significance of the concept of region for regional studies and social practice. After tracing the changing meanings of this category, it highlights one characteristic aspect of the progress of the academic conceptualizations of the region: recurrent iterations of critiques regarding various forms of essentialism and fetishism. The main focus then moves to the conceptualization of the region and the articulation of ideas about what regions substantially ‘are’ and ‘do’, and what makes the region a worthy object of attention (scholarly or otherwise). The paper concludes with a discussion about the implications of the perspective on regions developed in the article for the future of regional studies.
|Pages:||19 - 30|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
519 Social and economic geography
Anssi Paasi thanks the Academy of Finland for funding the
RELATE Center of Excellence [project number 272168].
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
272168 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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