Viewpioint: Moral Geographies: the Planner in Place

  • J. Nicholas Entrikin University of California
Keywords: Moral Geographies, Regional Planning, Specificity of Place


Regional planning and applied geography are distinct fields, but the conceptual spaces and practices of each have considerable areas of overlap. For both, the objects of study are often places and, at a larger scale, regions. In their respective professional discourses, place and region tend to be characterized as location in abstract space, for example generic places within an urban spatial structure or types of regions within a national space. This relatively limited conceptualization neglects the specificity of place as the context for human action (Entrikin, 1991). Place as context or milieu is always understood from a point of view, and this link with a subject would seem to be an important theme in professional discourses that share a concern for normative relationships between people and their environments.


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