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A Century of British Geography$
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Ron Johnston and Michael Williams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262863

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262863.001.0001

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Global, national and local

Global, national and local

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A Century of British Geography

Peter J. Taylor

British Academy

This chapter describes how the concept of geographical scale has been handled in British geography over the last century. With geography meaning, literally, ‘writing about the Earth’, it would seem that the matter of scale should be largely settled: geographers are the ‘global scientists’. In practice this has not been the case and, in fact, the global has been a relatively neglected scale of geographical analysis. Most geographers have spent most of their time ‘writing about their country’ and those from Britain have been no exception. This chapter explores how and why this privileging of the national scale has operated in a century of British geography. It also discusses geographical scale as a social construction, commercial geography and political geography, geography for national and local planning, urban geography, glocalisation and world cities.

Keywords:   British geography, geographical scale, geographers, Britain, social construction, commercial geography, political geography, urban geography, glocalisation, world cities

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