Geografie 2002, 107, 333-348

Regional organisation of society: principles and problems of the research

Martin Hampl

Katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Přírodovědecká fakulta UK, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The article focuses on general problems of human geography such as definition of subject of the study, nature of geographical regularities or possibilities of explanation. Two fundamental properties of geosocietal systems and their conditioning are emphasised. First, there is the qualitative heterogeneity of conditioning factors leading the specialisation of parts and corresponding territorial division of labour/activities in the framework of the geosocietal systems. Second, there is the functional and size differentiation of parts (settlements, regions, etc.) having its basic order in the hierarchical form of organization of these systems. Research themes of high priority in human geography have to be forms of hierarchies and mechanisms oftheir creation and the relation of hierarchical organisation to territorial division of labour.


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