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Published in Cultural Geography: Form and Pro- cess (Essays in Honour of Prof. A. B. Mukerji), eds. Neelam Grover and Kashi Nath Singh; New Delhi: Concept Publishing Co., 2004, pp. 3-13.


Regions are important to cultural geographers. This is because regions help in understanding the spatial distributions of social phenomena. Like any classification scheme, a set of regions provides organisation to a large body of data. Although occasionally phenomena being studied may already be grouped into regions, this is not usually the case. Consequently, cultural geographers, whether engaged in research or teaching are frequently faced with the task of defining and delineating a set of meaningful regions. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to discuss some of the methodological issues that confront geographers when they organize their data into regions.

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