Reaching the marginalized peripheral cities regions by enculcurate learning among the communities

Faizul Haji Abdullah, Fatimah Haji Yusof, Mohd. Yusof Hussain, Sivapalan V. Selvadurai

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Much of the research on contemporary-knowledge economy starts from the assumption that economic inputs have shifted away from traditional resources and physical attributes towards new knowledge and innovations. Ideas-generation, that was then, is what drives the new knowledge economy today and the evolutionary concept used to describe this shift are generally skewed towards the learning economy. The plethora and fusion of new terms, of course, generated new dialectical debates unto cities and region competitiveness, until the termed learning region conceived. Although it is justifiable for scholars to explore the variations in the approach in constructing competitive cities region, nonetheless, it seems biased geographically, as it specifically focus only to major cities or other core megalopolis areas. Nonetheless, it is a quandary for most urban and regional planners to focus solely on erudite research, for example; Bangkok, Penang and Banda Aceh, as learning regions, which are made up of a population of less than 7 million, whereas, the periphery cities region are supporting for almost 70 million population! Supported by few deprived cities, it is trivial if these cities regions are left with deceiving notes, which absolutely defeat the principal of abundance. Contrary to thriving by abound literatures on learning cities regions, either structurally or the process aspects, this convention had insufficiently merit the power of the mass - the regions communities. Instead, it resonate the subjugation of facts when geographically defined peripheral cities region at all time are depicted as lagging, vulnerable, been insecure, unstable, full of conflict, complex and uncertain and predominantly governed by the elusive shadow economy, not viable to planned and what more to managed. Thus, the central theme to this insight is to strike a referendum conceptually by cracking the inversion resourceful peripheral cities region by enculturate learning culture among the unlearn communities, and turning it into the highly sought after capital, for nations' wealth. It is hope, this exploration could restore the region's sustainability by capitalizing the principal of abundance, the communities themselves, so they are as well be creative and knowledgeable - the foundation of inculcating learning culture as the trust for a more sustainable peripheral cities regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-165
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

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  • Learning economy
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Reaching the marginalized peripheral cities regions by enculcurate learning among the communities. / Abdullah, Faizul Haji; Yusof, Fatimah Haji; Hussain, Mohd. Yusof; V. Selvadurai, Sivapalan.

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