Small and marginal territorial context are undergoing a process of demographic economic and cultural dissolution. The specific case of Agnone, a small and historical city in the high part of Molise in central-southern Italy, is a good community example thinking about a self-sustainable development as turns out from the analysis of the ancient statutes and chapters of the land. The re-reading of rules and municipal norm concerning that community in the 15th and 16th century, becomes source of inspiration, both theoretical and practical, in order to an improved civil participation and taking on responsibility toward the territory in which we inhabit. A memory which aim to underline the way back to an ancient concept of land as antidote or at least fight against the general dissolution of marginal territories: from land as purely economic and private concept to land as cultural concept, common local resource and historical-geographic identity.
endogenous development; marginality; self-governance; local identity; local heritage