CHAPTER 1

Introduction

L. S. Bhat

State of the Art

Historically and traditionally, geography has been dealing with the idea of region as a framework of reference for conducting regional studies, or as an end product of survey, analysis and synthesis of different elements that are related in their spatial distribution, association and differentiation. All these became the major focus of geography under the term regionalization. These studies have been largely qualitative and descriptive. Map overlay techniques have been the basis for measuring the spatial association among the elements and boundary girdles served to sieve out major regions and sub-regions. The concept of region was borrowed and accepted in India without much critical assessment ...

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