Place, Region and Modernity

  • J. Nicholas Entrikin
Part of the Critical Human Geography book series (CHG)


The concepts of place and region have occupied an ambiguous position in the conceptual landscape of twentieth-century social science. Through this century, the study of place has moved toward the periphery of social science and beyond. In this chapter I shall consider the manner in which geographers and other social scientists have sought to fit regional studies within the prevailing conceptions of scientific rationality in the twentieth century. The general reaction to such attempts has tended to be critical The modern model of scientific rationality has been drawn from the physical sciences, and regional studies have not conformed to this model. This fact is an important one for understanding the history of geography in this century.


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