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Meaningful yet useless? Factors behind the retention of questionable concepts in human geography (2018)
Journal Article
Dymitrow, M., & Brauer, R. (2018). Meaningful yet useless? Factors behind the retention of questionable concepts in human geography. Geografiska annaler. Series B, Human geography, 100(3), 195-219. https://doi.org/10.1080/04353684.2017.1419071

The concepts ‘rural’ and ‘urban’ have long been criticized by geographers for their lack of analytical and explanatory power, yet have remained a vital source for conceptual guidance in human geography. Realizing that the continued use of questionabl... Read More about Meaningful yet useless? Factors behind the retention of questionable concepts in human geography.

Landscapes with different logics: A physicalistic approach to semantic conflicts in spatial planning (2017)
Journal Article
Krzysztofik, R., Dymitrow, M., Biegańska, J., Senetra, A., Gavriilidou, E., Nadolu, B., …Brauer, R. (2017). Landscapes with different logics: A physicalistic approach to semantic conflicts in spatial planning. Quaestiones Geographicae, 36(4), 29-45. https://doi.org/10.1515/quageo-2017-0034

This paper deals with the ways of categorising landscapes as ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ using a physicalist approach, where these terms have special meaning. The aim of this paper is to elaborate on the question whether such a division is still meaningful w... Read More about Landscapes with different logics: A physicalistic approach to semantic conflicts in spatial planning.

Performing rurality. But who? (2017)
Journal Article
Dymitrow, M., & Brauer, R. (2017). Performing rurality. But who?. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, 38(38), 27-46. https://doi.org/10.1515/bog-2017-0032

Reflective inquiries to better understand ‘the rural’ have tried to embed rural research within the notion of performativity. Performativity assumes that the capacity of language is not simply to communicate but also to consummate action, whereupon c... Read More about Performing rurality. But who?.

Human Geography and the hinterland: The case of Torsten Hägerstrand’s ‘belated’ recognition (2017)
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Brauer, R., & Dymitrow, M. (2017). Human Geography and the hinterland: The case of Torsten Hägerstrand’s ‘belated’ recognition. Moravian Geographical Reports, 25(2), 74-84. https://doi.org/10.1515/mgr-2017-0007

Seeing Human Geography as a nexus of temporally oscillating concepts, this paper investigates the dissemination of scientific ideas with a focus on extra-scientific factors. While scientific progress is usually evaluated in terms of intellectual achi... Read More about Human Geography and the hinterland: The case of Torsten Hägerstrand’s ‘belated’ recognition.

Land or people? On the iatrogenesis of conflation (2016)
Journal Article
Dymitrow, M., & Brauer, R. (in press). Land or people? On the iatrogenesis of conflation. Acta geobalcanica, 2(2), 63-75. https://doi.org/10.18509/AGB.2016.07

In a wish to abandon essentialism to contingency, this paper looks into whether the rural-urban binary could be a cultural burden so incompatible with the layered realities of advanced deprivation that instead of helping the deprived, it deprives the... Read More about Land or people? On the iatrogenesis of conflation.

Quality of life in rural areas: A topic for the Rural Development policy? (2014)
Journal Article
Brauer, R., & Dymitrow, M. (2014). Quality of life in rural areas: A topic for the Rural Development policy?. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, 25(25), 25-54. https://doi.org/10.2478/bog-2014-0028

Contemporary transformations of rural areas involve changes in land uses, economic perspectives, connectivity, livelihoods, but also in lifestyles, whereupon a traditional view of ‘the rural’ and, consequently, of ‘rural development’ no longer holds.... Read More about Quality of life in rural areas: A topic for the Rural Development policy?.