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Foregrounding the region
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0693-5355
2017 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 51, no 1, p. 19-30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Foregrounding the region. Regional Studies. 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.

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Routledge, 2017. Vol. 51, no 1, p. 19-30
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conceptualization, foregrounding, region, spatial fetishism
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-198091DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1239818ISI: 000394438300003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84994299120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-198091DiVA, id: diva2:1055437
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Available from: 2016-12-12 Created: 2016-12-12 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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