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In search of a new identity in Polish mountains: the case of Babia Góra


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  • Działek, Jarosław
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    Since 1989, Poland has been experiencing a revival of local and regional movements rediscovering their traditions. The movements benefited from a reform of the system of local and regional government. The paper introduces a case of one of new administrative unit established at the foot of a southern Polish peak Babia Góra. Regional actors have used the peak’s image in building a regional identity. The paper analyses how this mountain and its various representations are exploited in regional narratives. This importantly includes a use of this newly created identity to rally the regional community around common development objectives.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 49438.

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    Date of creation: Aug 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:49438

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    Keywords: mountain(s); landscape; symbolic place; regional identity; regionalism;

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    1. Kees Terlouw, 2001. "Regions in geography and the regional geography of semiperipheral development," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 92(1), pages 76-87, 02.
    2. Garri Raagmaa, 2002. "Regional Identity in Regional Development and Planning1," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(1), pages 55-76, January.
    3. Anssi Paasi, 2002. "Bounded spaces in the mobile world: Deconstructing 'regional identity'," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 93(2), pages 137-148, 05.
    4. Shmuel Shamai & Zinaida Ilatov, 2005. "Measuring Sense Of Place: Methodological Aspects," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 96(5), pages 467-476, December.
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