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Justice spatiale et ruralité

Abstract : This HDR research paper aims at reconsidering the notion of “rural” in the light of the recent contributions of the spatial justice theory. One shall consider how such a category can make social inequalities embed into space, or even reproduce injustice against some of the inhabitants of the countryside. According to a systemic model, the analysis scrutinizes the meanings of “rural” after several of its dimensions: into academic, statistical and teaching discourses; into norms that rule local finances and the ongoing process of territorial reform; and into the practices of territorial planning, farming, leisure and nature conservation. Those three intersected levels - discourses, norms and practices - make appear a very efficient rural “dispositive”, in the sense of Foucault, which is able to produce different faces of oppression and a political heteronomy against rural populations and stakeholders. However, spatial justice is also a moral project seeking the reduction of the above stated injustices. Against the Weberian model, which isolates science from politics – but keeping a the same time the formal requirements in the construction of the scientific discourse – this research opens up to an applicative field and suggests some interventions on the spatial levers of injustice. By doing so, we try to validate a deliberative approach of the scientific work where the scientific fact cannot be distinguished from its moral value anymore, as soon as it helps extending the scope of democracy in a more equitable way.
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Samuel Depraz. Justice spatiale et ruralité. Géographie. Université Paris Nanterre, 2020. ⟨tel-03201235⟩



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