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Les imaginaires de la mobilité. De possibles ressorts pour la mise en durabilité des espaces périurbains ?

Abstract : Geographical imagination is deeply rooted in the relations our societies sustain with space. The significance of imagination and mythological constructions of territories is commonly identified as part of our representations and practices. The role of imagination, and its unrealistic function, in the meaning of places is well known, even more in the case of urban peripheries yet identified as problematic. Since decades, suburban mythology, relying classically on the figure of “city to countryside” and the attractiveness of property, has made the production of these new territories possible. But, when the analysis of this myth until now has nearly exclusively concentrated on dwelling places, we propose to reveal a blind spot of imaginations: mobility in suburban areas, especially when considering the sustainability injunction. Based on a qualitative survey carried out in suburban area of a medium size town (Tours, France), this paper renders the role of imaginations towards mobility in the today life of inhabitants. We show how mobility mythology, as well as dwelling myth, influences suburban way of life. Moreover, we insist on the capability of these imaginations to offer spaces of conciliation encouraging more sustainable way of life.
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Benoît Feildel, Hélène Bailleul, Georges-Henry Laffont. Les imaginaires de la mobilité. De possibles ressorts pour la mise en durabilité des espaces périurbains ?. RTS - Recherche Transports Sécurité, 2014, Les sens des circulations, 2014 (02-03), pp.143-160. ⟨10.4074/S0761898014002064⟩. ⟨halshs-01084387⟩



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