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Publication . Conference object . Article . 2017

The disabled people, a tool for a rural re-development the case of Marvejols (Lozère, France)

Chignier-Riboulon Franck; Mauricette Fournier;
Open Access
Published: 01 Dec 2017 Journal: Research for rural development (issn: 2255-923X, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Latvia University of Agriculture
Country: France

International audience; Marvejols is a small town located in Lozère (France). Traditionally, the region was poor with an agricultural oriented economy. However, by the 1960s a new type of business was launched: the residential care facilities for disabled people, especially in relation to Jacques Blanc, a key person in the organization and development of this business. This economic activity brought jobs and new attractiveness, counterbalancing decline in traditional sectors. Nevertheless, currently, situation is less favourable, and the local players try to find out a new strategy, particularly in relation to diversification. In this study, our main aim was to understand conditions of starting and growing of this business. Moreover, we would like to understand current fragilities and attempts to adapt the economy of the territory. In this way, our students and we have chosen this area in relation to the economic and historical weight of its activity. The organization of field trips and survey was conducted in a comprehensive approach perspective. Therefore, we took account parameters working in this territory, such as strategies, psychologies (individual and collective), networks and identities. Human dimensions are strong, especially in discourses, and our main result is a better understanding of the local situation, with comparisons to close cases (Corrèze, Creuse). Furthermore, the quality of the geographical analysis provides working relations with the stakeholders

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Field (Bourdieu) Key person insurance Attractiveness Diversification (marketing strategy) Quality (business) media_common.quotation_subject media_common Agriculture business.industry business TRIPS architecture Rural area Economic growth Political science


Rural areas, Lozère France, Mountain Areas, Territorial capital, Local development, Disabilities studies, Residential care facility, [SHS.GEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Geography, [SHS.DEMO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Demography, [SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences, [SHS.SOCIO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Sociology, [ SHS.GEO ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Geography, [ SHS.DEMO ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Demography, [ SHS ] Humanities and Social Sciences, [ SHS.SOCIO ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Sociology

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