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Recreational sports practice in the mountains within territorial reconfigurations, an innovation ?

Abstract : Modern societies go through permanent mutations. Their potential for adaptation is a condition to their longevity. In a few centuries, the mountains have changed their status, and thus, do not escape this issue. From space to hollow, they now offer themselves to visitors looking for renewal, and the latter are as numerous as they are diverse. This fragile territorial ecosystem is facing many actual threats, such as the economic crisis and climate change, and one can wonder about its durability. Our interrogation will be based on recreational sports practices whose structuring effects never stopped shaping and modeling this space. These effects can be measured with social, cultural, and urban transformations, as well as with their integration within local policies. The object of this presentation, which delivers the results of a doctoral research, is to analyze the social and cultural innovations of recreational sports and their contribution to the territory’s structuration through a local example: the Oisans territory. Through the intermediary of historical perspective, we will clarify the character of these practices, evaluate the structuration’s conditions or the introduction of new practices in this area. The beginning of the transformation process can be considered through the analysis of different categories of stakeholders, of their networks and their influence capability. Special attention is paid to oppositions, conflicts, and cooperation between the passionate actors of this change and those who hold the norm. The legitimization and the result of their actions shed light on societal evolutions. This communication aims to understand the transformation of mountain territories and what is at stake for them while examining the way the territory claims ownership of the practices. In addition to Alpine skiing, three different recreational sports practices are most particularly analyzed and compared: snowboarding, hang-gliding and mountain biking, in order to evaluate the consequences of the interactions between sports practices, stakeholders, spaces and the degree of assimilation of what is often highlighted as new.
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Dorothée Fournier. Recreational sports practice in the mountains within territorial reconfigurations, an innovation ?. Third International winter shool: Innovation and Mountain territories, Labex Item (Laboratoire d'Excellence Innovation et Territoires de montagne), Apr 2018, Monte Carasso, Switzerland. ⟨halshs-01937978⟩



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