“A world in a grain of sand”: Towards a reconceptualisation of geographical scale

Richard Howitt*

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    Abstract

    Difficulties in relating local scale change to broader dynamics of social and economic restructuring continue to be reflected in much geographical research. This paper argues that inadequate conceptualisations of geographical scale restrict the relevance of much research to the agenda of an applied peoples’ geography. A framework which conceptualises geographical scale as dialectically and internally related to the totality of social relations, is proposed and discussed with examples from remote mining regions in Australia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-44
    Number of pages12
    JournalAustralian Geographer
    Volume24
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1993

    Keywords

    • geography social relations local empowerment restructuring marginalised communities relational models
    • Scale dialectics applied peoples'

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