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Do People Live in Geographic Categories? Cities, Countryside, and Mountains in Biographical Narratives

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Published in Annales de géographie. 2014
Abstract This paper explores how individuals describe their residential trajectory. Based on more than 50 interviews with residents from three municipalities in Switzerland, it seeks to understand how individuals combine geographic categories and specific places in the narrative of their residential history. The most frequent categories cited are “city,” “countryside,” and “village.” These categories are used and characterized in different ways. By contrast, though all interviewees live in the “mountain” zone as defined by the Swiss authorities, “mountain” is a relevant category only for some interviewees, who are mostly attracted to their residential area by leisure opportunities. Approaching residential narratives through geographic categories sheds new light on dwelling and housing issues.
Keywords CategoriesMigrationIdentities
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Research groups Pôle/Institut Gouvernance de l'environnement et développement territorial (PI-GEDT)
Environnement et Territorialités
Pôle/Institut Gouvernance de l'environnement et développement territorial (PI-GEDT)
ISE Villes et territoires
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DEBARBIEUX, Bernard, PETITE, Mathieu. Do People Live in Geographic Categories? Cities, Countryside, and Mountains in Biographical Narratives. In: Annales de géographie, 2014. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:41060

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