5 Oct 2011

An interesting story from Bloomberg's Business and Finance pages caught our eyes recently here at RSA blog HQ. The title of the article? It was 'The Real US Map, a Country of Regions' and the story comes in different parts. I should also say, for the benefit of our Canadian and Mexican followers, that the boundaries do extend beyond US territory in Colin Woodward's conceptualisation. What on earth are we talking about? We're talking about a way of understanding the US in terms of its cultural regions (image below). The regions are as follows: Yankeedom, Tidewater, New Netherland, New France, Deep South, Greater Appalachia, the Midlands, First Nation, the Far West, the Left Coast, El Norte (there are 11 in total).

What should you make of all this? Well, it follows in a tradition of this kind of work, including Garreau's 'The Nine Nations of North America' and it is in some ways a cultural regionalisation approach to understanding 'regions' in a vast nation (and beyond). Amongst all this are some serious ideas and things of interest to those of us with an interest in 'regions' - whatever they might be. For example, Woodward states that 'the U.S. is really divided among nations, and I point out that the country isn’t really a nation-state. I don’t mean that derisively: it’s just a fact'. The cover image from Woodward's text is shown below. Well, I think that's all there is to say right now but the recent Bloomberg articles are definitely worth looking at.