Zentralitäten 4.0

Raumpolitiken und neue Mobilität auf dem Lande

Philipp Oswalt / Stefan Rettich (eds.)


192 pages, 60 b/w


ISBN 978-3-98612-051-1



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In the 1930s, Walter Christaller used new media to work out his central place theory by counting telephone lines to identify centralities that connected multiple spaces. Today, digitization has a formative effect on space—on cities, the countryside, and mobility. Or when it is lacking, spatial oppositions are the result. The contributions to this book offer an introductory examination of the effects of digitization on space and deal with the topicality of Christaller’s central place theory. The book does so both theoretically and practically, by examining spatial policies of current regional development programs, different conceptions of public services, and the tasks of medium-sized centers in urban and rural areas. The second part of the book discusses which structural changes are to be expected in the course of digitization, especially through new mobility, and how this might affect the attractiveness of rural areas and the tasks of medium-sized towns. Finally, it examines the causes of populist tendencies and experiences of loss produced by processes of globalization and social division, as well as right-wing extremist developments in rural areas.

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