Conclusions: Regions and Regionalism
Regional studies are returning to geographical enquiry as a central part of that discipline. An earlier descriptive approach to regions, responding to the innate curiosity that people have about other parts of the world, became intellectually stagnant. Attempts to develop a subject of greater academic interest lurched firstly into attempts to make geography a behavioural science, and then into a focus on individual personal feelings and contributions to locational decision-making. These attempts were partial in application, but in the 1980s there has been a new thrust in which geography is able to contribute a central role to social understanding (Lee, 1985) through its broad spatial, environmental and global perspectives. This approach incorporates regional analysis and an understanding of regionalism.
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