Geografie 2010, 115, 223-246

Cultural-geographical aspects in the development of borderland peripheries: an analysis of selected elements of territorial identity among residents of the Sušicko region

Pavel Chromý, Jan Skála

Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Albertov 6, 128 43, Praha 2, Czechia

Received October 2009
Accepted May 2010

Among consequences of the new regional geography, marginality is not perceived as only the economic phenomenon. This article focuses on the socio-cultural dimension of marginality, using the concept of regional identity in a periphery, specifically in Sušice near Czechia’s borderlands. This means that both the consciousness of inhabitants in the region as well as the identity of the region itself are explored. Elements and processes involved in the formation of regional identity are discussed as a consequence of the regional development of the peripheral borderlands. The concept of regional identity seems to be crucial to any endogenous regional development strategy and can be successfully used in regional planning and territorial marketing as well as tourism management. In particular, any unique traits in peripheries, at the local or regional level, provide resources for future development amidst the generally limited development potential of peripheries and their communities. The article indicates that inhabitants can perceive the spatial determination of the model periphery. In contrast, certain non-marginal aspects of the region are also recognized by the local community. These non-marginal parameters form the essential elements of the local community’s regional identity and, according to public opinion, present opportunities for tourism development.


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