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Penser les marges en France: l'exemple des territoires de "l'hyper-ruralité"

Abstract : Hyper-rural areas defines – in a controversial way – areas that are isolated and very scarcely populated, as suggested by a recent parliamentary report in France. The term encompasses overlooked spaces, often imbued by depreciative representations about “deep rural areas”, or the “deserted”, “empty diagonal” in France. However, recent demographic trends contradict such a vision and show a quick reconfiguration of very low density areas with the apparition of new attractive economic bases for newcomers. Admittedly, all structural weaknesses depending on distance are not erased: scientific analysis must therefore accommodate the maintained state of vulnerability of hyperrural areas with the upsurge of new dynamics, in a paradoxical – but typical – situation of spatial fringes. More fundamentally, this paper aims at demonstrating, through the example of hyper-rural areas, the hermeneutic value of the concept of “spatial fringes” for social geography.
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Samuel Depraz. Penser les marges en France: l'exemple des territoires de "l'hyper-ruralité". Bulletin de l'Association de géographes français, Association des Géographes Français, 2017, La France des marges, 94 (3), pp.385-399. ⟨10.4000/bagf.2086⟩. ⟨halshs-01632608⟩



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