International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology 2017

Regions have been central to geography, and the discipline of geography can be traced through the different ways in which “the region” has been interpreted. Geographers have talked about traditional regional geography, the new regional geography, and the new regionalism. The current “new new regional geography” debate centers on whether regions can be seen as relational and networked and on territorial and scalar concerns. Thinking about region-making can help to take regional geography forward.