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An axiological exploration of farmland from focus groups in western France

Abstract : The threefold process of urbanization of the countryside challenges us to know what makes nowadays the values of farmed land for both farmers and non farmers. In three “rural in transition” areas of western France, 13 semi-structured interview were conducted with focus groups of male farmers, farm-women, landowners, local councilors, other inhabitants. From a lexicometric analysis conducted with IRaMuTeq ®, evidence is given of a wide range of uses and of representations according to six main topics: nature, food, landscape, sociability, work and property. We can conclude that agricultural land nowadays became both a high-valuated shared space and a disputed issue between urban and rural definitions of what it should be.
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Yvon Le Caro. An axiological exploration of farmland from focus groups in western France. New rural geographies in Europe: actors, processes, policies, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie (DGfG) – Arbeitskreis “Ländliche Raum”; Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Jun 2017, Braunschweig, Germany. ⟨hal-01580766⟩



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