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Spaces of dependence, spaces of engagement and the politics of scale, or: looking for local politics

Spaces of dependence, spaces of engagement and the politics of scale, or: looking for local politics,10.1016/S0962-6298(97)00048-6,Political Geography

Spaces of dependence, spaces of engagement and the politics of scale, or: looking for local politics   (Citations: 194)
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Journal: Political Geography - POLIT GEOGR , vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 1-23, 1998
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    • ...But what if the geographical scale of regionalization represented by the Three Worlds had either long since failed to or never ever did capture the complex geography of the world in the twentieth century? From this point of view, the emerging regional ‘reality’ has been of a world either of meso-scale regions based around world cities challenging the division of the world into a set of mutually exclusive state territories (for example, Scott, 1998, 2001) or a world whose shape is increasingly complex and difficult to define according to a single regional measure or a limited set of criteria because of globalization and increased geographical differentiation of cultural and economic processes at a range of scales (for example, Schwarz and Dienst, 1996; Cox, 1998, 2009; Macleod, 2001; Brenner, 2004, 2009)...

    John A. Agnew. Arguing with Regions

    • ...In other words, they utilize spaces of engagement to strengthen their spaces of dependence—“localized social relations that they depend on to realize their interests” (Cox 1998, 2)...

    Sigismond A. Wilson. Company–Community Conflicts Over Diamond Resources in Kono District, S...

    • ...Although the spatial boundaries and “spaces of engagement” of rural communities (Cox 1998) may be extended by the migration process, the territorial dimension is still essential in the conceptualization of community at places of origin...

    Hua Qinet al. Integrating Rural Livelihoods and Community Interaction into Migration...

    • ...Consequently, it is unclear how local experiments in sustainability might ‘jump scale’ (Cox, 1998) to bring pressure to bear on wider systems of production and consumption that govern resources flows, and which are not readily steered by local actors (Marvin & Guy, 1997)...

    Richard Cowell. The Greenest Government Ever? Planning and Sustainability in England a...

    • ...At the same time, the very sphere of local politics is transformed as it is opened up to exogenous interventions, producing a ‘scale of engagement’ that transcends the local scale, creating new arenas in which conflicts are played out at a distance from the geographical site at the centre of the dispute, such as law courts and newspaper columns (Cox 1998)...

    Michael Woods. The local politics of the global countryside: boosterism, aspirational...

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