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Anssi Paasi (2022) Bounded spaces in question: x-raying the persistence of regions, territories and borders, Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 104:1, 1-8, DOI: 10.1080/04353684.2022.2032791

Bounded spaces in question : x-raying the persistence of regions, territories and borders

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Author: Paasi, Anssi1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-09-21


This essay introduces the special issue of Geografiska Annaler B, which includes revised and extended articles originally presented at the Vega Symposium in Stockholm in 2021. The symposium entitled Bounded Spaces in Question: X-raying the Persistence of Regions and Territories focused on the continuing importance and challenges of regions, territories and borders, both in geographical thinking and in different social (political, cultural and economic) practices. These keywords and their multiple concepts have become highly important in geographic and interdisciplinary literature since the 1990s. The purpose of this Special Issue is to bring these categories into the same framework and to problematize the changing nature of bounded spaces and related power relations. The articles by Anssi Paasi, Alexander B. Murphy, Martin Jones and Linn Axelsson seek to transcend the ‘self-evident’ meanings of these categories and examine the related theoretical and practical challenges at different spatial scales. The authors examine the changing meanings of these keywords in an increasingly diverse political geographical landscape, characterized by globalization, various forms of mobility, the rise of populism and (right-wing) nationalism, and the simultaneous opening and closing of regional/territorial spaces.

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Series: Geografiska annaler. Series B, Human geography
ISSN: 0435-3684
ISSN-E: 1468-0467
ISSN-L: 0435-3684
Volume: 104
Issue: 1
Pages: 1 - 8
DOI: 10.1080/04353684.2022.2032791
Type of Publication: B1 Journal article
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.