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Sur les pas de Jean Defos du Rau : Cilaos (1956-2008)

Abstract : Return to Cilaos is a geographical echo of the article by Jean Defos du Rau, published in 1956 by the Cahiers d’Outre-Mer. It offers two itineraries. The first pursues an epistemological path with the aim of exposing the geography of one of the islands three cirques found in the hill country of La Reunion as related by Defos du Rau. This is an opportunity to understand Defos du Rau’s attentive but often rough insight into the the community of Petits-Blancs des Hauts (Reunion Islanders of white extraction) and the future of their environment. The second itinerary traces the evolution between 1956 and 2008 and will attempt to answer the question posed by Defos du Rau at the end of his article : can we still hope to save the cirque of Cilaos imperilled by its increasing demography ?
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Christian Germanaz. Sur les pas de Jean Defos du Rau : Cilaos (1956-2008). Les Cahiers d’Outre-Mer. Revue de géographie de Bordeaux, Presses universitaires de Bordeaux, 2009, 62 (245), pp.35--59. ⟨10.4000/com.5505⟩. ⟨hal-01244145⟩



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