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L'attachement au lieu, vecteur de mobilisation collective ? Etude de cinq territoires ruraux

Abstract : This article draws on the spatial approach to understanding place attachment. Our goal is to contribute to this currently poorly developed approach by identifying the many types of place attachment, analyzing their effects on social and spatial dynamics, and apprehending how place attachment can enhance political engagement. Our analysis, based on 142 interviews conducted in 5 different rural territories, underscores the diversity of place attachment, in terms of valued entities (nature, modernity, tradition) and in terms of social and spatial implications. At the social level, we show that place attachment produces more conflicts than cooperation processes and that this kind of attachment is more often individual in nature than collectively shared. At the spatial level, the majority of place-attached actors are enlisted in the building of new knowledge and actions for the protection of valued entities. We wish to show that place attachment can be converted into political engagement if the inhabitants of a territory are active (1) in the transmission of feelings of attachment to others (identity-related link), and (2) in the accumulation of knowledge and the protection of valued entities and their environment (differential link). These two indicators are considered to be at the basis of the emergence of a collective spatial identity and a political engagement toward the places in question.
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Léa Sébastien. L'attachement au lieu, vecteur de mobilisation collective ? Etude de cinq territoires ruraux. Norois, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2016, pp.23-41. ⟨hal-02487241⟩

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