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Lost geographers: power games and the circulation of ideas within Francophone political geographies

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Published in Progress in human geography. 2007, vol. 31, no. 2, p. 195-216
Abstract This paper takes a reflexive look at the production of scientific discourses by exploring the context and practice of political geography within the Francophone world. This article builds on the idea that the fundamental difference between Anglo and Francophone geographies relates to how theoretical writings and texts circulate, rather than to fundamental differences of content or topic. It examines how certain texts, ideas and thinkers have circulated, suggesting in particular that it is timely to reconsider Claude Raffestin's contributions on power, territory and territoriality. It argues that his critical theoretical framework, inspired by a number of authors including Michel Foucault, Henri Lefebvre and Luis Prieto has been overlooked by Francophone and Anglo geographers for a number of institutional, conceptual and personal factors. By focussing on institutional structure, the nature of the academy and styles of debate in the Francophone world, and in confronting Claude Raffestin to both John Allen and Yves Lacoste's geographies of power, this paper questions the divide between these two academic traditions.
Keywords BoundariesFrancophone geographyKnowledge productionYves LacostePolitical geographyPowerClaude RaffestinTerritory
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FALL, Juliet Jane. Lost geographers: power games and the circulation of ideas within Francophone political geographies. In: Progress in human geography, 2007, vol. 31, n° 2, p. 195-216. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:668

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