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Remaking Area StudiesTeaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific$
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Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833213

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833213.001.0001

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Remapping Area Knowledge

Remapping Area Knowledge

Beyond Global/Local

(p.24) Chapter 2 Remapping Area Knowledge
Remaking Area Studies

Neil Smith

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on issues of space and scale in the production of the geographical categories informing area studies. It notes that, in recent times, the “whole global jigsaw puzzle” of spatial entities around which this type of knowledge has been constructed has been thrown up in the air. The challenge is to put the puzzle back together in more appropriate ways while recognizing that some of the pieces coming back down have been altered or replaced under the influence of globalization and other social forces. The key is understanding the processes involved. It asks: How do certain kinds of areas and borders get constructed, others eroded, still others reconstructed in the context of specific, shifting, and intensified transnational flows associated with a new globalism? The chapter draws upon theoretical insights from the discipline of geography and concludes that a revitalized and reconstructed area studies will succeed “to the extent that it does indeed embrace geographical theory and, in particular, theories of the production of space and scale.”

Keywords:   area studies, space, scale, geographical categories, globalization, geography

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