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La ville et les quartiers en train de se faire au rythme des projets urbains : une sociologie de l’expérience socio-spatiale des nouveaux quartiers

Abstract : In the course of the 2000 s, several medium-size cities in the East of France decided to design new neighborhoods dedicated mostly to housing. Ten years after, the first accommodations were made available to both homeowners and tenants, who began to occupy and appropriate those locations. The aim of this research, which relies on a ‘‘comprehensive’’ sociological approach in conjunction with qualitative research methods, is to give full account of the socio-spatial experience of the residents. More precisely, this PhD focuses on three neighborhoods in the making located in two medium-size cities in the East of France and is based on empirical material that includes semi-structured as well as unstructured interviews of the residents – independently of their occupancy status – and of the designers (elected officials, technicians, city planners, etc.). The space of the developing neighborhoods is analyzed following Henri Lefebvre’s model of the “spatial triad”, which divides space into “the conceived space” (or representations of space), “the perceived space” (or spatial practice) and “the lived space” (or representational space). Each of these moments is studied separately – to highlight the dialectic behind each moment – then together again to show the tensions at work. Focusing on the conceived space invites us to question the contemporary production method of cities which is embodied since the 1980 s by the concept of ‘‘urban project’’. The conceived space is also a marketed space, a virtual space, a 3D model space appearing in advertisements presenting the accommodations which are still under construction as a ready-to-live-in utopia. However, these ideal spaces are aseptic, bland and standardized. The developing neighborhoods also exist through their concrete practice, through the lived space. Although the local residents develop multiple identities and affiliations, even if they practice the urban world differently because of their backgrounds, their habits or their own mobility capabilities, the new neighborhood is a significant place both as a location, a territory and a milieu. Nevertheless, this research shows that new neighborhoods do not always carry the same significance but are highly dependent on the moments, contexts and situations when they are mobilized, that they truly represent an identity and representational issue
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Julien Aimé. La ville et les quartiers en train de se faire au rythme des projets urbains : une sociologie de l’expérience socio-spatiale des nouveaux quartiers. Sociologie. Université de Lorraine, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018LORR0192⟩. ⟨tel-03185037⟩



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