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The place of individuals in the politics of scale

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Conceptualizations and re-conceptualizations of scale have been powerful tools for explaining spatial processes that transcend traditionally-bounded territories. Examining the role of individuals within a politics of scale can do even more to explain multi-scalar conflicts. This paper does so by examining struggles over airport expansion in the US, showing how an understanding of the various roles of individuals in the politics of scale – as sites of multiple scales, as actors constituting other scales, and as scales in and of themselves – better explains multi-scalar conflicts and offers more opportunities for resolving them.

Keywords: United States; activism; air transportation; airports; politics of scale; qualitative methods

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, California State University, San Bernardino, CA 95825, USA, Email:

Publication date: June 1, 2006


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