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Kaj Zimmerbauer (2018) Supranational identities in planning, Regional Studies, 52:7, 911-921, DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2017.1360481

Supranational identities in planning

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Author: Zimmerbauer, Kaj1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-09-12


This paper studies how different kinds of regional identities (cultural, strategic and functional) are intertwined in supranational planning processes. By using Cascadia in North America and Barents in Europe as examples, it is shown that although the significance of identity is relatively unclear, territory–network interplay contributes to the idea of (bounded) regions and regional identities. Issues related to territorial symmetry and inclusion/exclusion indicate that while territory has its allure, identity can also emerge within softer, fuzzy spaces with several simultaneous demarcations. Although strategic and functional identities are emphasized in contemporary (soft) planning, elements of cultural identity can be observed, too.

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Series: Regional studies
ISSN: 0034-3404
ISSN-E: 1360-0591
ISSN-L: 0034-3404
Volume: 52
Issue: 7
Pages: 911 - 921
DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2017.1360481
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1171 Geosciences
519 Social and economic geography
Funding: The author is grateful to the Academy of Finland for financial support [Relate CoE: grant numbers 272168 and 307348], and also to the University of Oulu for afieldworkgrant.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 272168
Detailed Information: 272168 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
307348 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2017 Regional Studies Association. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional studies 07 Sep 2017, available online: