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L'INSTITUTION IMAGINAIRE DE LA FRONTIERE, ENTRE FORMATION DISCURSIVE ET AGIR COMMUNICATIONNEL - L'EXEMPLE DE LA FRONTIERE FRANCO-ALLEMANDE

Abstract : The advent of a globalized world and the process of European integration have rekindled interest in debates about borders and cross-border dynamics. These discussions, however, remain heavily influenced by institutional and legal approaches to the border. But the observation of social dynamics, which accompany the gradual removal of the effects of borders on the movement of people and goods in Europe, shows that border realities extend far beyond the disappearance of their main institutional bases. In this context, it is essential to question the permanence of a number of collective representations, explicit or implicit, that shape behavior beyond strictly logico-rational determinations. From this perspective, it is worth exploring the "imaginary institution" of the border, in the sense that Cornelius Castoriadis gave this expression in « The Imaginary Institution of Society » (1975). This exploration of the figures, images and words of the border fits perfectly into an analysis of the border as «discursive formation», a paradigm developed by Michel Foucault in "Archaeology of knowledge » (1969). This role of discursive practices in the constitution of representations of the border explains that border spaces are privileged areas of «communicative action» (Habermas J., 1981, Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns). Given its highly turbulent history, the Franco-German border from 1870 to the present is a privileged field of study.
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Michel Casteigts. L'INSTITUTION IMAGINAIRE DE LA FRONTIERE, ENTRE FORMATION DISCURSIVE ET AGIR COMMUNICATIONNEL - L'EXEMPLE DE LA FRONTIERE FRANCO-ALLEMANDE. Considère S. et Th. Perrin (dir.). Frontières et représentations sociales : questions et perspectives méthodologiques, Academia, pp.P. 193-218, 2017. ⟨halshs-02510351⟩

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