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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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  • Działek, Jarosław, 2013. "In search of a new identity in Polish mountains: the case of Babia Góra," MPRA Paper 49438, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:49438
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    Keywords

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

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    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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