The construction of the concepts of socio-spatial and socio-territorial movements

Authors: Bernardo Fernandes*, Sao Paulo State University - UNESP
Topics: Geographic Theory, Development, Land Use
Keywords: Sociospacial movements, socioterritorial movements, space, territory
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Chairman's Boardroom, Omni, East
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Is the concept of social movement sufficient for geographic studies in the creation of spaces and territories? We answer this question by analyzing the process of creating the concepts of socio-spatial and socio-territorial movements. Milton Santos defined space and territory as inseparable, joint and contradictory sets of systems of actions and systems of objects. From this perspective, for Geography, analyze social movements or any other institution, it is necessary to consider these sets of systems. However, most geographic surveys that study social movements and space or social movements and territory, or spatiality/territoriality, or spatial/territorial dynamics, are limited to the analyzes of the sets of actions, such as social, economic, political and cultural relations and space or territory becomes objects and not a system of objects. In this sense, space and territory are secondary, seen as the stage or basis of the actions of the movements. For geographic analysis, it is essential to consider the inseparability, solidarity and contradictory between the systems of actions and the systems of objects. Analyzing an urban or rural movement is necessary to study the spaces and territories produced by these movements, it is in this perspective that they become socio-spatial movements and socio-territorial movements. They create and are created by space and territory. Space and territory are then seen as a set of systems rather than objects. There are other components that we will discuss such as multiscalarity and multidimensionality to contribute to this debate.

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