La fabrique des "gares du quotidien" : imaginaires et fonctions symboliques d'une nouvelle catégorie du Grand Paris

Abstract : The beginning of the years 2010s saw a terminological shift within political discourses: railway stations in the Île-de-France region, previously designated as ‘suburban stations’, increasingly became known as ‘everyday life stations’. Unlike other trending expressions such as ‘sensitive neighbourhoods’ or ‘agglomerations’, this expression does not relate to a well-identified political or administrative category. Nonetheless, it appears in public debate at a peculiar moment, in the context of the Greater Paris (Grand Paris) project, as if it were precipitated by a wide array of actors sharing conveying ideals and strategies. It is also accompanied by important work in the stations of these networks. As a result, this substitution cannot be incidental, and the term ‘everyday life’ indeed refers to imaginaries that differ substantially from the previously used adjective – ‘suburban’. By analysing the representations conveyed by different forms of stakeholders’ narratives, and by exploring stations and the urban projects they are part of in the Seine Aval territory, this dissertation seeks to unravel the fractures and discontinuities that allow for the emergence of ‘everyday life stations’ as a new category of the Greater Paris, its interweaving meanings, and the way in which it renews the materiality of spaces. Its ambition is thus to discuss more broadly the imaginary functions of categorisation in urban fabric. In doing so, the work offers a new reading grid for the contemporary history of planning in the Île-de-France region. By looking through the lens of ‘everyday life’, it uncovers a number of shifts in the relationships between actors in the transportation and urban planning sectors, with suburban areas and their inhabitants. This approach is also insightful for the assessment of professional segmentations and power relations at work
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Elise Avide. La fabrique des "gares du quotidien" : imaginaires et fonctions symboliques d'une nouvelle catégorie du Grand Paris. Architecture, aménagement de l'espace. Université Paris-Est, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018PESC1006⟩. ⟨tel-01877362⟩

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