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1 1 Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde Leipzig Regional Typologies in Anthropogeography 13-14 October 2005, Luxembourg ESPON- A European Territorial Research Community

2 2 General Assumptions framing conditions … the power of history Regionalisation is a variant of a common daily as well as a scientific way of bringing order into reality; Regions do not exist per se – they are made and they are reproduced in and through societal interaction; Concepts of regions in Anthropogeography are closely linked to the evolutionary paths of this discipline.

3 3 naturalistic and individualistic concepts of the objects nature framing conditions … the success of evolutionary theory finding the spatial mosaic Source: Maull (1956: 121)

4 4 creating the spatial mosaic Making territories - spatial knowledge is transformed into claim to power gathering information for societal needs … colonial discovery

5 5 structural and functional typologies creating the spatial mosaic … definitions and intentional uses Source: Weichhart (1995: 28; translated)

6 6 research within regional units framing conditions … perceptional and reactive concepts of the objects nature Source: Blotevogel (1984: 92)

7 7 research within regional units Differentiating regional units Dominance of quantitative methods framing conditions … critique on scientific methods Source: Kilchenmann (1968: att.)

8 8 functional typologies creating the spatial mosaic … designing administration spatially definitions and different intentional usages empowering regions as agents i.e.: defining planning regions Source: Nationalatlas (vol. 1/1999: 69)

9 9 functional typologies creating the spatial mosaic … designing administration spatially definitions and different intentional usages i.e. defining analytical regions Source: Nationalatlas (vol. 1/1999: 67)

10 10 functional typologies creating the spatial mosaic … optimizing allocation definitions and different intentional usages analytical and structuring concept Source: BBR (2005: 17)

11 11 Hägerstrands time-geography as web model Integrating dimensions of time and action-space; Social theory and spatial longings time – space – relations … Source: Held (1989: 193)

12 12 Agents in Regions – Regions as Agents the socio-political dimension … communication about spaces Level of Goals Individual spatial aims In a spatially related conflict agents develop self- related space-related aims, according to their subjective perception, values and interests. Level of Perception Individual perception of space Spatial structures predetermine human actions in a conflict, however selectively distorted as agent- specific mental construction and/or images (mental maps) Level of Action/level of means Individual strategic images of space For the purpose subjective bias with the goal to implement own spatial interests of utilization in a space-related conflict. Model after Reuber (1999)

13 13 goals of geographical recognition change from the region to the ways of producing a region … ways of production in geography ways of defining intentions behind usages constructivism as consequence the region as an epistemic object

14 14 thank you. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde Leipzig 13-14 October 2005, Luxembourg ESPON- A European Territorial Research Community


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