Journal of Alpine Research / Revue de géographie alpine

From town to Alpine city. Towards a new partnership between towns and the mountain?

The aim of this call for articles is to raise questions about the transformation that the political, social and economic relations between towns and mountains have undergone –in both the imaginaries and the territorial action that produces them. Around the hypothesis of a new partnership, questions arise regarding the introduction and management of a territorial integration that an Alpine town or city currently appears to represent. Does this go beyond the centre–periphery hierarchies and the decoupling of nature from the city? The organisation of urban regions requires new narratives in order to ensure cohesion among these complex territories. By mobilising and re-signifying these generic geographical objects (the town and the mountain), is it possible to uncover new construction modalities in these categories? Context The thematic papers that the JAR has devoted to the urban question have been few and far between. In the 1990s, following the pioneering work of Raoul Blanchard on ur...

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