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Planning conflicts and social proximity: a reassessment

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The term 'proximity' has long been absent from the geographical vocabulary. This term is currently re-emerging among researchers in social geography who are questioning the relationship between spatial and social proximity. This paper analyses how a conflict linked to a planning project can generate social proximity, notably by evaluating the conditions in which spatial proximity can bring together the participants opposed to the project. This analysis aims at re-assessing the correlation between social and spatial proximities. It gives evidence that, when the conflict occurs, it generates social proximity between the individuals sharing a common aim and that spatial proximity participates in the process as a necessary condition, but not sufficient enough, for its development

Keywords: planning conflict, land planning, geographical proximity, social interaction, territory, social geography, social proximity, spatial proximity, sustainable development, conflict management

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