Modes d’habiter urbains et ruraux : entre continuité et rupture

Abstract : The metropolization process marked the advent of a postmodern society in which the growing polarization of agglomerations on local space would lead to a levelling of lifestyles. The decades-old process of suburbanization illustrates the physical and social diffusion of urban features towards more and more distant spaces, which thus become dependent on the city-center. This paper therefore aims at exploring whether urban gradients can be identified when moving from the city to rural areas. Such gradients are a function of morphological features (most notably, density), and functional features (illustrated by mobility) characterizing those spaces. A typology of municipalities was developed so as to define types of residential anchoring. A survey (N=600) then allowed collecting data on mobility and housing practices and representations in Luxembourg in 2005, based on individuals’ residential area. Urban/rural relationships are therefore analyzed in terms of spatialization of lifestyles, conceived of as a function of the anchoring/mobility opposition. Results highlight behavioral gradients (in terms of practices and representations), which bear witness to some urban/rural continuity, as well as specifically rural aspects.
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Samuel Carpentier. Modes d’habiter urbains et ruraux : entre continuité et rupture. Articulo - Journal of Urban Research, Articulo - Revue de sciences humaines asbl, 2010, Revisiting Urbanity and Rurality, Hors série (3), pp.10.4000/articulo.1548. ⟨10.4000/articulo.1548⟩. ⟨halshs-01132387⟩

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