This book urges the case for reinstating regional geography as a contemporary and relevant methodology. Much interest was shown in the 1980s in reviving, yet restructuring, the field of regional geography. The essays in this book both review that work and propose a way forward. The essays divide into three sections. The first assesses traditional regional geography and its relevance to the study of contemporary situations; the second, the alternative approaches of world-systems analysis, diffusion and structuration theory. The book concludes by considering the potential of regional geography to interpret the structures within which society operates and its claim to remain at the core of the discipline.
1. Region, place and locale: an introduction to different conceptions of regional geography R. J. Johnston, Joost Hauer and Gerard A. Hoekveld 2. Regional Geography Must Adjust to new realities Gerard A. Hoekveld 3. The Changing View of the World In Major Geographical Textbooks Hans van Ginkel and Leo Paul 4. Regions of the World System: Between the General and the Specific Cees P. Terlouw 5. Re-thinking Regions: Some Preliminary Considerations on Regions and Social Change Ray Hudson 6. What About Regional Geography After Structuration Theory? Joost Hauer 7. Regional Geography: Between Scientific Theory, Ideology and Practice (or, What Use is Regional Geography?) Roger Lee 8. The Challenge for Regional Geography: Some Proposals for Research Frontiers R. J. Johnston 9. Metamorphosis: How Spatial Facts Change Into Classes of Geographical Regions Gerda Hoekveld-Meijer 10. Doing Regional Geography in a Global System: The New International financial System, the City of London and the South East of England, 1984-7 Nigel Thrift Epilogue: Towards An agenda for Regional Geographical Research Joost Hauer, Gerard A. Hoekveld and R. J. Johnston