chapter  6
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Territory, Identity and Language

Conventionally, scholars of political regionalism treat territory as a passive element bounding regional activities and as a container which gives physical meaning to socio-political action. This is a limiting view of territorial considerations which plays down the substantive implications of change in the spatial structure of Europe. I want to examine some of the considerations which prompt the development of regionalism by questioning the relationship between key socio-spatial patterns and processes of linguistic and cultural reproduction within communities pressing for regional autonomy.!