Skip to main content


Buy Article:

$43.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


Scale-enlargement processes have made people more conscious of the identity of their region. Professionals, or those actors involved professionally in the development of a region, also recognise this impact on popular perception and they use characteristics of regions to fulfil their goals. They play an important role in employing the identity of a region. The extent to which this occurs varies between regions, which mean that some regions have stronger identities than others. In this paper evidence from two case studies in the Netherlands, Waterland and the Noordoostpolder, is used to explore why these differences occur. By counting the occurrence of names of regions, which are thought to be the most important symbols of a region's identity, insight is gained in the embeddedness of a region in social perception. Representations of regions commodified by professionals show that these actors influence the embeddedness of regions and as such regional differences; so professionals have a great impact on the strength of a region's identity.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Keywords: Regional identities; professional discourse; region names; representations; the Netherlands

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Danish Institute of Rural Research and Development (IFUL), University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark., Email: [email protected] 2: Department of Cultural Geography, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. s: ; [email protected], Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2010-09-01

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more