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Les petites villes des espaces périphériques interstitiels : comparaison entre le sud Massif Central (France) et la Castille / Haute-Estrémadure

Abstract : This thesis is founded on the hypothesis that interstitial spaces, i.e. peripheral andless citified zones, are more vibrant than they seem at first glance. Our research shows that the way current statistics are constructed tends to underestimate the urban reality of these regions. However, small towns play a key role in maintaining and even renewing territories. Reconstructed according to coherent borders, by taking into account suburban communities, small towns consistently represent pockets of resistance in these special environments : 78%are expanding demographically and 88% benefitted from a thriving labour market from 1999 to 2006. Moreover, it seems that a Christallerian network is still shaping the southern part ofthe Massif Central, even if basic changes have occurred. And almost identical phenomenonwas observed in another interstitial space, Castile/Estremadura. A comparative tool enabledus to reveal the invariant traits that describe small towns, but also to emphasise several differences, notably in terms of land management. This led us to examine French publicpolicy more closely. Certain towns have declined, for a multitude of reasons, and no longer fulfil the function of organising and controlling space. This situation challenges current public policies, notably their egalitarian rationale. Would it not be better to reinforce regions by adopting aproactive land management policy focused on the towns with the most promising future ?
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Marie-Eve Fererol. Les petites villes des espaces périphériques interstitiels : comparaison entre le sud Massif Central (France) et la Castille / Haute-Estrémadure. Géographie. Université Blaise Pascal - Clermont-Ferrand II, 2010. Français. ⟨NNT : 2010CLF20014⟩. ⟨tel-03631208⟩

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