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Volume 54, issue 4
Geogr. Helv., 54, 199–207, 1999
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-54-199-1999
© Author(s) 1999. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Geogr. Helv., 54, 199–207, 1999
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-54-199-1999
© Author(s) 1999. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  31 Dec 1999

31 Dec 1999

On the future of regional geography

G. Wood G. Wood
  • Fach Geographie im Fachbereich 6 der Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg, Lotharstr. l.47057 Duisburg, Germany

Abstract. This contribution discusses possible future prospects of regional geography. This is done against the background of current socio-spatial developments and of various theoretical and conceptional debates as they are taking place mainly in English- and French-speaking countries. By taking central elements of modern conceptions of science as a basis possible regional geographie research issues will be identified which promise to be both aeademieally stimulating and socially relevant. A key concern is to show that regional geography can be regarded a viable research task living up to the Standards of modern conceptions of science, thereby casting off the dated yet still lingering image that regional geography is mere description or – worse still – environmental determinism.

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