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Title: External urban relational process: introducing Central Flow Theory to complement Central Place Theory
Authors: Taylor, Peter J.
Hoyler, Michael
Verbruggen, Raf
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Sage (© Urban Studies Journal Limited)
Citation: TAYLOR, P.J., HOYLER, M. and VERBRUGGEN, R., 2010. External urban relational process: introducing Central Flow Theory to complement Central Place Theory. Urban Studies, 47(13), pp. 2803-2818.
Abstract: Central place hierarchies have been the traditional basis for understanding external urban relations. However, in contemporary studies of these relations, a new emphasis on urban networks has emerged. Rather than either abandoning or extending central place thinking, it is here treated as representing one of two generic processes of external urban relations. Town-ness is the making of ‘local’ urban–hinterland relations and ‘city-ness’ is the making of ‘non-local’ interurban relations. Central place theory describes the former through an interlocking hierarchical model; this paper proposes a central flow theory to describe the latter through an interlocking network model. The key difference is the level of complexity in the two processes.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Urban Studies [© Urban Studies Journal Limited]. The definitive version can be found at: http://usj.sagepub.com/content/47/13/2803.abstract
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0042098010377367
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/7416
ISSN: 0042-0980
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