On relevance in geography: Thünen's isolated state in relation to agriculture and political economy

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Abstract

Thünen's Isolated State as a whole is suggested here as a methodological model for a socially relevant geographical theory. In contrast to the usual approach in economic geography, of deriving a spatial model from a general economic theory, Thünen's methodology is to begin with a specific reality, to derive from it the specialized model of the Isolated State and to use it as an instrument for the construction of a general economic theory. This general economic theory, in turn, is designed to act upon society as a whole. Thünen's work is an example of how geography can be a specialized scientific activity within a holistic-integrative reality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-207
Number of pages7
JournalGeoforum
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

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