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Territoires : le modèle centre-périphérie désuet ?

Abstract : [Since the beginnings of the literature on territorial issues, the center-periphery model is predominant and the concept of center is considered as one of the most important in space economy and geography. It means that the territories would systematically organize themselves hierarchically according to a duality between a dominant center and dominated peripheries, the center having a concentration of population, economic activities, cultural offer and places of power. The center, with its privileged position, would be the master and regulator of territories on its periphery. Over the past centuries, the presentations of the center-periphery model have varied, but never really questioned it. Territorial structures, inevitably aligned on a center-periphery logic, would therefore be characterized by a totally polarizing center and, consequently, an asymmetry and inequalities between the center and its peripheries. In a first part, we will analyze the elements showing how the center-periphery model continues to be pregnant. Yet, does this model retain in the twenty-first century an unsurpassed truthfulness? To answer this question is to analyze, in a second part, the territorial realities that lead to asking whether the center-periphery model is not obsolete.]
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Gérard-François Dumont. Territoires : le modèle centre-périphérie désuet ?. Outre-terre. Revue européenne de géopolitique, Ghazipur Publications, 2017, pp.64-79. ⟨10.3917/oute1.051.0064⟩. ⟨halshs-01626321⟩



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