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Title: Regional geography
Authors: Harrison, John
Keywords: Areal differentiation
Exceptionalism
Idiographic
New regionalism
Nomothetic
Place
Region
Regional worlds
Regionalism
Relational
Socially constructed
Scale
Space
Territory
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: HARRISON, J. Regional geography. IN: Wright, J.D., (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 2nd edition. Elsevier, pp. 121–128.
Abstract: As a field of study, regional geography is concerned with understanding the spatial (regional difference and uniqueness) and temporal (regional change and development) aspects of the increasingly complex world we inhabit. In stark contrast to systematic geography, which is primarily interested in describing the distribution of particular phenomena over the entirety of the earth’s surface and uncovering the general rules governing these patterns, regional geography has primary regard for the specificity of regions, places, and locales. As an academic endeavour, regional geography is the backbone of the geographical discipline. Nonetheless, its history is one characterised by ebb and flow, oscillating between periods of strong approval and periods of strong rejection.
Description: Closed access. This article has been accepted for publication in the International Encyclopaedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences [© Elsevier; 2nd edition].
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14057
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.72043-5
ISBN: 9780080970875
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Geography)

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