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Regionalism and the Local
Regionalism and the Local
Anthony Rausch

The theme ‘Regionalism and the Local’ is, in itself, less an academic category than a descriptive reference. In a strictly concrete sense ‘regionalism’ implies differences between places, processes of change among places, and policies affecting places, whereas ‘the local’ refers to the fundamental geographical unit of the nation-state as a concrete reality. Conceptually, ‘regionalism’ implies more of an ideological position, one stressing some affective loyalty to one's region in which ‘the local’ is an idealized notion of place as an abstract conceptualization. These two views often come together in the principle of regional autonomy, which prioritizes the regional and local at the expense of or in addition to the nation as a whole. As such, not only are there multiple dimensions inherent to the theme, but these ...

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