External urban relational process: introducing Central Flow Theory to Complement Central Place Theory

Taylor, Peter, Hoyler, Michael and Verbruggen, Raf (2010) External urban relational process: introducing Central Flow Theory to Complement Central Place Theory. Urban Studies, 47 (13). pp. 2803-2818. ISSN 0042-0980

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Abstract

Central place hierarchies have been the traditional basis for understanding external urban relations. However, in contemporary studies of these relations, a new emphasis on urban networks has emerged. Rather than either abandoning or extending central place thinking, it is here treated as representing one of two generic processes of external urban relations. Town-ness is the making of ‘local’ urban hinterland relations and ‘city-ness’ is the making of ‘non local’ interurban relations. Central place theory describes the former through an interlocking hierarchical model; this paper proposes a central flow theory to describe the latter through an interlocking network model. The key difference is the level of complexity in the two processes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 15:32
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6377

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