Geografie 1994, 99, 189-200

Geographical Scale in Anglo-American Geography

Petr Pavlínek1,2

1Katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Přírodovědecká fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, Albertov 6, Praha 2, Czechia
2University of Kentucky, Department of Geography, 1457 Patterson Office Tower, Lexington, KY 40506-0027, U.S.A.

The last decade witnessed important developments in the theory of geographical scale in Anglo-American geography. After a brief summary of scale issues in geography, this essay focuses on two theoretical debates around the question of geographical scale. The first theoretical approach is the political economy of scale developed by P. Taylor and is based on Wallerstein's world systems theory. The second approach has been proposed by N. Smith and is theoretically grounded in the theory of uneven development and Lefebvre's ideas about the production of space. Based on these two theoretical debates, the last section draws some implications for the study of transition in Central and Eastern Europe.