(Article of periodic en Français - 1978)

Document title

Mythologie et discours théorique en géographie: réflexions préalables

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The analysis of the geographers'language reveals that the traditional geography is part of a mythology: the explanation of landscapes often refers to a general concept-the city, for instance-in which the reader can hardly perceive the economic movers and the social classes which are directly accountable for the planning of space. Moreover the authors rarely clearly state the systems of values the words they use refer to: those of "urban functions" or "urban organism" derive from a naturalist conception which is questionable in matter of urban geography. Does resorting to structuralism and its methods allow to avoid this mythology? To what extent does the analysis of the social standards, granted and handed down, account for the making up of landscapes? Is it possible to link such proceedings with any elements of marxism? These questions will make up the axis of the second part of this article.


Article of periodic

published at : Villes en parallèle Parix X-Nanterre

Editor :

Millesime : 1978, no1 [pp. 4-15]

Bibliographic references : 30 réf.



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