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Langue et territoire. Autour de la géographie culturelle

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Published in WALTY Samuel WERLEN Benno. Kulturen und Raum : theoretische Ansätze und empirische Kulturforschung in Indonesien : Festschrift für Professor Albert Leemann. Zurich: Rüegger. 1995, p. 87-104
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Abstract Language and territory - The author criticises traditional cultural geography as a form of representation of visual objects, as an indadequate form of visualisation and classification. An alter-native cultural geography is presented. "Culture" is defined as a three-dimensional concept (labour, language and territory). "Territoriality" is understood as a trino-mial relational set of human actions: production, exchange and consumption. They are not interpreted in a crude economic manner, but rather as a comprehensive con-cept for the explanation of the transformation of nature, cultures and societies. "Language" is defined by four key functions and related types of territories. Lan-guage and territory are therefore not understood as a fixed unit as in (geo-)determi-nist or in the blood and soil ideologies, but much more as a historical expression, a combination produced by human actions. Labour, language and territory should be analysed by cultural geography as complementary (mega-)means of the repro-duction of culture. This new cultural geography is elaborated and the paper con-cludes with an outline of an alternative research programme.
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RAFFESTIN, Claude. Langue et territoire. Autour de la géographie culturelle. In: WALTY Samuel WERLEN Benno (Ed.). Kulturen und Raum : theoretische Ansätze und empirische Kulturforschung in Indonesien : Festschrift für Professor Albert Leemann. Zurich : Rüegger, 1995. p. 87-104. (Konkrete Fremde; 10) https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:4451

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