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1. Observing the diffusion of euro coins in France through a quantitative survey
2. The complex relationships between the circulation of coins and the movement of people
2.1. Currency sources in mobility studies
2.2. Connecting the movements of coins and people
2.3. Towards a perfect mix?
2.4. Uneven diffusion of coins by face value
3. From foreign coins carrying to individual mobility patterns
3.1. The frequency of international interactions depends on the social group
3.2. Social inequalities in contact with foreign euro coins
4. Toward a geography of the internationalization of territories
4.1. The incessant movement of coins in cross-border areas
4.2. Regular flows of coins towards large cities
4.3. Foreign coins’ flows higher in tourist seasons
4.4. Geographic and seasonal factors affecting the circulation of foreign coins in France
5. Discussion and perspectives
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For nearly a century now, historians have used currency circulation as an indicator of human contacts in time and space. More broadly, the circulation of people and goods in Europe has been the focus of extensive theoretical work in the social sciences (Hudson, 2004). One of the main obstacles for researchers is the difficulty of collecting data on mobility at European level, hindering their attempts to outline a geography of international mobility on the continent. The data at our disposal is mainly based on information segmented by means of transport and by the intra-European travellers involved, with mobility surveys regularly carried out with students, businessmen, tourists and commuters.
When the euro was brought into circulation in 2002, French geographers hypothesized that a spatio-temporal analysis of the distribution of coins minted by each country could serve as a relevant marker for individual mobility across Europe. Carried and used by Eurozone residents in th...
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France Guérin-Pace et Marion Le Texier, « The circulation of euro coins as markers of European mobility in France », Revue européenne des sciences sociales [En ligne], 54-1 | 2016, mis en ligne le 15 mai 2019, consulté le 28 mars 2017. URL : http://ress.revues.org/3484 ; DOI : 10.4000/ress.3484 Haut de page