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We close towns for a living : spatial transformation and the Tour de France

Palmer, Catherine 2010, We close towns for a living : spatial transformation and the Tour de France, Social & cultural geography, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 865-881, doi: 10.1080/14649365.2010.523841.

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Title We close towns for a living : spatial transformation and the Tour de France
Alternative title ‘Nous fermons des villes pour gagner nos vies’ : la transformation spatiale et le Tour de France
‘Nos dedicamos a cerrar pueblos’ : transformación espacial y el Tour de Francia
Author(s) Palmer, Catherine
Journal name Social & cultural geography
Volume number 11
Issue number 8
Start page 865
End page 881
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 1464-9365
1470-1197
Keyword(s) Tour de France
cartographies
spatial transformation
Lefebvre
national identity
Summary This paper explores the ways in which the passage of the Tour de France bicycle race through France produces a distinctive cultural cartography or social map of France. Drawing on Lefebvre's (1991) conceptual triad of spatial practice, representations of space and representational spaces, the paper argues that the Tour de France both represents and is a space that is annually reordered and structured by very particular cultural practices. Through an analysis of the process (and politics) of route selection, the incorporation of iconic landscape and the transformation of civic space as the race moves across the country, the paper foregrounds the socially constructed nature of map making and the role of human intervention in producing and reproducing key cultural cartographies of France through the Tour de France.

Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14649365.2010.523841
Field of Research 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio Economic Objective 950102 Organised Sports
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30039912

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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