Regional geography

2014-01-30T09:52:47Z (GMT) by John Harrison
As a field of study, regional geography is concerned with understanding the spatial (regional difference and uniqueness) and temporal (regional change and development) aspects of the increasingly complex world we inhabit. In stark contrast to systematic geography, which is primarily interested in describing the distribution of particular phenomena over the entirety of the earth’s surface and uncovering the general rules governing these patterns, regional geography has primary regard for the specificity of regions, places, and locales. As an academic endeavour, regional geography is the backbone of the geographical discipline. Nonetheless, its history is one characterised by ebb and flow, oscillating between periods of strong approval and periods of strong rejection.