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Emotionscapes ou s’é-mou-voir des situations problématiques : l’exemple du bassin du Rhône

Abstract : This article presents a conceptual framework that borrows from the pragmatist triptych detachment-domination-dependence to address problematic situations. The analysis of each of the three components will be embodied by the development of at least one example located in the Rhône River Basin. As a philosophical method, pragmatism has so far had little resonance in geography. However, characterizing situation complexes in a pragmatist way can help geography to add other points of view and worldviews. First, detachment allows one to step back from landscapes and account for them through classification, scales, and hierarchy. The Rhône River and its tributaries have thus been the object of divisions and of an intense (carto)graphic production whose objectivities are sometimes convergent, sometimes competing. Secondly, the domination of the environment considers more the actions of humans through the filter of questioning situations and social problems. The development of the Rhône River is symptomatic of a technological and socio-ecological fix where intervention calls for intervention. Thirdly, dependence captures attachments to milieux by highlighting the diversity of perspectives and questioning the cohabitation of the different actors. The example of the Tarasque celebrations shows how the emotions accompanying playful practices help to recognize the agentivity of the flood-swollen Rhône River. In a pragmatist perspective, more human and more than human, being moved by geographical situations thus invites the crossing of knowledge, actions, and emotions. A final example is developed around the ponds of the Dombes agro-ecosystem to insist on the tensions that arise from the coexistence of these three ways of being in the world. The conclusion underlines, in particular, the need to resort to moral and political deliberation to formulate problems, reconcile or prioritize divergent interests and compose a common world.
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Yves-François Le lay. Emotionscapes ou s’é-mou-voir des situations problématiques : l’exemple du bassin du Rhône. Géocarrefour - Revue de géographie de Lyon, Association des amis de la revue de géographie de Lyon, 2021, 95 (95), ⟨10.4000/geocarrefour.17650⟩. ⟨halshs-03451850⟩



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