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Regional Worlds: Advancing the Geography of Regions

1st Edition

Edited by Martin Jones, Anssi Paasi


144 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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A key concern in the debate and empirical research on the geography of regions is the evolution of the conceptualizations and practical uses of the idea of ‘region’. This idea prioritises both the intellectual and the practical development of regional studies. This book drives the discussion further. It stresses the complex forms of agency/advocacy involved in the production and reproduction of regional spaces and space of regionalism as well as the importance of geohistory and context. The book moves beyond the territorial/relational divide that has characterized debates on regions and regional borders since the 1990s.

The contributors answer key questions from different conceptual and concrete-contextual angles and to motivate readers to reflect on the perpetual significance of regional concepts and how they are mobilized by various actors to maintain or transform the contested spatialities of societal power relations.

This book was based on a special issue of Regional Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Regional World(s): Advancing the Geography of Regions 2. Bounded vs. Open Regions, and Beyond: Critical Perspectives on Regional Worlds and Words 3. Arguing with Regions 4. Conceptualizing the Region – In What Sense Relational? 5. New Localities 6. Experienced Regions and Borders: The Challenge for Transactional Approaches 7. Configuring the New ‘Regional World’: On being Caught between Territory and Networks 8. Crafting the Region: Creative Industries and Practices of Regional Space 9. Unusual Regionalism in Northern Europe: The Barents Region in the Making 10. Between Regional Spaces and Spaces of Regionalism: Cross-border Region Building in the Spanish ‘State of the Autonomies’ 11. (Small) Differences that (Still) Matter? Cross-Border Regions and Work Place Governance in the Southern Ontario and US Great Lakes Automotive Industry

About the Editors

Martin Jones is Professor of Urban and Regional Political Economy and Director of the White Rose Social Science DTC, at the University of Sheffield, UK. Martin is an interdisciplinary researcher, interested in the geographies of state and government intervention through economic and social policy in cities and regions, and subnational political economies therein.

Anssi Paasi is a Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Oulu. Anssi’s research fields are social construction of regions and territorial identities; theories of region, place and regionalism; the links between territories, boundaries and individual/social consciousness; the rhetoric of globalization and geopolitical imagination; the Europe of regions/ regional planning and development.

About the Series

Regions and Cities

In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.

If you would like to discuss a potential new book for the series, please contact:

Joan Fitzgerald – [email protected] – Series Editor-in-Chief, or

Natalie Tomlinson – [email protected] – Routledge Commissioning Editor

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General