publication . Article . 1993

Social theory and the region: from the Regional Planning Association of America to the restructuring of sociospatial theory, with policy implications

R Banai;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1993 Journal: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, volume 11, issue 4 August, pages 447-464
Abstract
<jats:p> In this paper an argument is developed in support of the relevance of social theory for the region. Characterized by bridging across conceptual and methodological divides, by the increasing prominence of the role of space, context, and human agency, social theory exhibits an affinity with the regional development theory of the Regional Planning Association of America (RPAA) in the 1920s. This paper provides a brief account of the RPAA's approach to regional synthesis. The author aims to build upon insights offered by social theories in dealing with multifaceted regional development phenomena, identifying areas of overlap with the approach of the RPAA. T...
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free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Environmental Science (miscellaneous), Public Administration, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Regional development, Social theory, Regional policy, Economic growth, Sociology, Regional science, Agency (philosophy), Restructuring, Regional planning
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