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Migration, environnement et gentrification rurale en Montagne limousine

Résumé : The migratory dynamics of rural and/or mountainous areas have been the subject of much research, of which the various methodological and conceptual apparatus belong to distinct scientific (sub)-fields or disciplines. They can be distinguished by, for example, input from the population, amenity migration or rural gentrification (Smith, 1998; M. Phillips, 1993; Bryson et Wyckoff, 2010). It is from the latter viewpoint that this contribution aims to look at the demographic, sociocultural and environmental dynamics at work in the Limousin mountains. Some of the Anglo-Saxon literature on rural gentrification has highlighted the central role of the environment and/or nature, both as social construction, i.e. territorial designation and as a geographic framework, in the migratory dynamics and in the processes of social recomposition liable to produce one or more forms of rural gentrification, or greentrification. In more detail, the environment could have an effect in advance of the migrants’ settlement and continue to influence them over the entire course of their migration and residence. However, following their implantation, due to their gentrifying traits, i.e. those of new residents and actors of gentrification, may seek to change the environmental characteristics of their surroundings and move towards the ‘ideal’ that originally attracted them. In this instance, field surveys would tend to indicate that though this broad framework generally applies to the Limousin mountains, it remains necessary to determine firstly the nature of the gentrifiers, who could possibly be described as “alter-gentrifiers”, and secondly whether their impact is equally significant within the Parc Naturel de Millevaches as a whole.
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Frédéric Richard, Julien Dellier, Greta Tommasi. Migration, environnement et gentrification rurale en Montagne limousine. Revue de Géographie Alpine / Journal of Alpine Research, Association pour la diffusion de la recherche alpine, 2014, Nouveaux habitants. Dynamiques de repeuplement en zone de montagne, 102 (4), ⟨10.4000/rga.2525⟩. ⟨halshs-01118736⟩



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