The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge is a critical inquiry into how Geography as a field of knowledge has been produced, re-produced, and re-imagined. It comprises three sections on Geographical Orientations, Geography’s Venues, and Critical Geographical Concepts and Controversies. The first provides an overview of the genealogy of ‘geography.' The second highlights the types of spatial settings and locations in which geographical knowledge has been produced. The third focuses on venues of primary importance in the historical geography of geographical thought.
Chapter 25: Region and Regionalism
Region and Regionalism
Region and Geographic Thought
The regional concept has been too readily dismissed as a crude tool, whereas it is really a basic tool that has been used crudely.
The history of the regional concept is so thoroughly fused with the history of geography that it is difficult to write about the region without seeming to portray the discipline as a whole. The region has been cast in all the major revolutionary dramas of twentieth-century geographic thought, from environmental determinism and spatial science to the twenty-first-century concerns of critical studies and globalization. The region's persistence in a rapidly changing intellectual environment attests to its status as a primitive of geographical understanding, not to its inherent theoretical or causal power (Entrikin ...