TITLE

Beyond Regional Integration? Social Constructivism, Regional Cohesiveness and the Regionalism Puzzle

AUTHOR(S)
GHICA, LUCIANA ALEXANDRA
PUB. DATE
December 2013
SOURCE
Studia Politica: Romanian Political Science Review;2013, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p733
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this paper I deconstruct the foundations of regional integration and propose a social constructivist reconstruction of the ontological field of regionalism. More specifically, I first show that regions are notions not only of space but also of time and culture. Then, I reconstruct its related conceptual field (regionalism, regionalization, regional identity etc.), arguing that regional integration is an incomplete category of regionalism. Within this framework and as an alternative to regional integration, I build the concept of regional cohesiveness defined as the degree to which a group of actors inhabiting a contiguous space act and represent themselves as a group. This analytical model builds a multidimensional space for comprehensively mapping and exploring all forms of contemporary regionalism, from both institutional and normative/representational perspectives.
ACCESSION #
95439291

 

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