Une centrale pas très... nucléaire. Revendications territoriales et processus identitaires lors de l'implantation de la centrale nucléaire du Blayais à Braud-et- Saint Louis

Abstract : When in 1974 the decision was taken to build a power station, the parish of BSL is characterised as follows. Its ecosystem is made of two complementary biotopes : marshes and land. Its history is marked by big capitalistic projects such as the drain of the marshes in the 17th century. The inhabitants' social identity is inherited from the first settlers, who were and still are Gabayes that is « strangers » in Gasconny.
The idea of complementarity is also found in the ways of life, in social organisation and in political phylosophy based on what seems to be a consensus.
The inhabitants of Braud do not perceive the power station as something fundamentaly dangerous nor as being symbolic of some state decree, but as a new element to be integrated in their everyday life.
The station is the subject of two different sets of ideas related to two different groups of speakers whose positions within the community are antagonist(ic). As a result their respective territorial claims and identity processes also differ eventhough both groups act according to a shared cultural element : their territory, basis on their identity.
One group tries to maintain their rights to this territory while the other, the leading citizens, are using the station as a means of access to another more valorized territory, society at large.
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Françoise Lafaye. Une centrale pas très... nucléaire. Revendications territoriales et processus identitaires lors de l'implantation de la centrale nucléaire du Blayais à Braud-et- Saint Louis. Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Université de Nanterre - Paris X, 1994. Français. ⟨tel-00286639⟩

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