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Evaluating regional spatial imaginaries: The Oxford-Cambridge Arc


The process of imagination is central to region-formation, underpinning the spatial definition and territorial bounding of areas, the development of spatial identity and institutional capacity, and the cultivation of social relations and networks. While recent academic contributions have crystallised certain theoretical dimensions, attempts to evaluate the nature and efficacy of regional spatial imaginaries remain ad hoc. In this paper we derive a general evaluative frame and six associated criteria against which particular regional spatial imaginaries can be appraised. This is then deployed to evaluate two major episodes in the construction of the putative ‘Oxford-Cambridge Arc’ in southern England.

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Valler, David
Jonas, Andrew E.G.
Robinson, Laura

Oxford Brookes departments

School of the Built Environment


Year of publication: 2021
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-11-09

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