Do Regions Exist? Implications of Synergetics for Regional Geography
David Stern ()
Environment and Planning A, 1992, vol. 24, issue 10, 1431-1448
The principal critique of the regional concept was that a region could be no more than the sum of its parts and therefore it could have no separate existence. The synergetics paradigm effectively eliminates the reductionism â€” holism debate. Were the region to be considered as a self-organizing complex system, the reductionist critique of the regional concept could be countered. Additionally, there are parallels between the application of the synergetics paradigm to geography and some developments in â€˜nonpositivistâ€™ geography. These developments could answer parts of the nonpositivist critique of â€˜positivistâ€™ geography and possibly bring the two schools of thought closer together.
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