La nostalgie comme catégorie géographique : une proposition théorique

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Nostalgia as geographical category: A theoretical proposal: In the scholarly literature, “nostalgia” has been criticized for its supposed capacity to falsify historical narratives, to idealize a past, and to hide the social divisions and power relations existing in memory and the revaluation of heritage. Taking the opposite of these analyzes, this paper addresses and questions nostalgia not only as an individual and collective feeling, but also as a discourse and a socio-cultural practice embodied in space and the present. Based on a review of literature, this paper proposes theoretical reflections in order to construct nostalgia as a category of analysis capable of interrogating the affective relationship of human beings to space, the people's subjective relation to time and to materiality, and the way in which the practices and discourses participate in the production of the space. The paper is an invitation to take part in debates about the geographical dimensions of nostalgia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-504
Number of pages11
JournalCanadian Geographer
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • discourse
  • geographical category
  • lived space
  • nostalgia
  • practice


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