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How Can One Be a ‘Montagnard’? Social and Political Expressions of Modern Imaginaries of Territoriality

  • Bernard Debarbieux
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Abstract

The historical variations in the definition of the notion of culture, along with the variations of so-called cultural geography are well known; these have led to the disapproval of naturalistic and ecological perspectives, and to a greater consideration of intersubjectivity and of political and social processes in the construction of identity. But this renewal of academic paradigms should not blind us to the fact that many of them sprung from contemporary societies as imaginary figures, enabling social and geographical forms to take place. In looking through identity and territorial tensions in mountain regions in the world, this chapter aims to show the presence and role of those imaginary figures in contemporary societies.

Keywords

Cultural geography Social and collective identities of mountain people Contemporary issues of mountain people. 

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  • Bernard Debarbieux
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  1. 1.University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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