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La spatialité des réseaux maritimes : Contributions maritimes à l'analyse des réseaux en géographie

Abstract : Maritime transport is one of the oldest forms of interaction across the Earth, and still supports more than 90% of international trade volumes nowadays. Despite its pioneering role in mapping maritime routes and flows since the 1940s, human geography later shifted its central focus towards land-based issues, people mobility, and virtual rather than physical flows. In parallel maritime transport reached optimal fluidity at the expense of its ties with geographical space. Analyzing the spatiality of maritime networks allows us to discussing their true role in the spatial structures and dynamics they connect and therefore reveal. This essay, through the analysis of untapped maritime data in various contexts and multiples scales, from the local to the global, concludes to the permanency of strong network-territory interdependencies, while it underlines the specific character of maritime transport as a looking glass and integral part of the world system. Questioning the volatility of maritime networks also contributes to enriching the spatial network notion itself in geography as well as throughout the transdisciplinary “science of networks”.
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César Ducruet. La spatialité des réseaux maritimes : Contributions maritimes à l'analyse des réseaux en géographie. Géographie. Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2016. ⟨tel-01338110⟩



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