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July 1996 Issue
The Geographical Review
July 1996, 86(3), pp. 334-355.
The Venezuelan Andes and the Geographical Imagination
Marie D. Price
The geographical imagination works in many ways, but regions are perhapsthe most common spatial abstraction geographers create and diffuse. Theconstruction of regions is more than a territorial matter, because generalizationsabout society and culture are embedded within regional boundaries. Regionsas heuristic tools are not static; they are modified with shifts in settlement,political economy, national identity, or cultural perception. To illustratethis point, I explore Andean regional awareness in Venezuela. The imageof the Andes, which did not emerge until the early nineteenth century, passedthrough three phases--integration, decline, and cultural refuge. I arguethat a reinvigorated regional geography should consider questions of origin,evolution, nation building, position in the world economy, and the roleof the geographical imagination.
Keywords: Andes, geographical thought, regional geography, Venezuela.
DR PRICE is an associate professor of geography at the George WashingtonUniversity, Washington, D.C. 20052.
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