The starting point of this book was that all too often regionalism is too narrowly understood. The book emphasizes a number of conceptual, theoretical and methodological deficits in the field, which are caused by, among other things, the many divides and conflicts between different participating disciplines, theoretical traditions and regional and thematic specializations. This book has tried to transcend some of the intellectual divides in the field, searching for more creative and synthetic ways to think about regions and regionalism. The book offers a four-fold approach to rethinking regionalism that is rooted in constructivist and reflectivist scholarship. Despite criticism of rationalist and problem-solving theories of regionalism, the goal is not to prove these theories wrong or irrelevant, but rather to justify alternative ways of thinking about the issues.
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