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Region coby sociální konstrukt a kritická diskuze Paasiho konceptualizace regionální identity

Title in English Region as a social construct and the critical discussion of the Paasi’s conceptualization of regional identity


Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Geografie - Sborník České geografické společnosti
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Keywords social construct; regional identity; regional consciousness of people; identity of region; perceptual region
Description Both the institutionalization of regions theory and the conceptualization of regional identity by Anssi Paasi are highly cited. However, various authors work with Paasi’s classification of regional identity and meanings of its dimensions differently. This is closely related to an insufficient discussion of the existence of region as a social fact. This article discusses social constructionism and the relationship of individual dimensions of regional identity. Crucial to the existence of region are the subjective images of region that can be identified with perceptual regions. Region as a social fact exists only in the knowledge/consciousness of people. In addition to perceptual regions, “objective” regions – homogeneous/formal and functional regions – are part of the identity of region. The identity of region (perceptual regions, specifically) is a condition for the regional consciousness of people which is a mere “superstructure” of region.
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