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Le stade de l'expérience : une incertaine science communale et la question de l'institutionnalisation disciplinaire des savoirs urbains

Abstract : This article deals with the difficult disciplinary institutionalisation of urban knowledge and especially of urban public administration. It concentrates on a specific period, over the course of which prospects for disciplinary institutionalisation were discussed. It refers to the international conference of local authorities held in Lyon in 1934, organised by the international union of cities, dedicated to the development of a " municipal science ". Focusing on the very definition of this would-be science, the article stresses the mingling of the scientific and the political purposes of this science of public administration of cities. The purpose is to circumvent a legal approach that ignores the city. But such an undertaking focuses on unifying the ensemble of specialised knowledge, of knowledge of means, devoted to municipal interventionism, knowledge for which support has multiplied since the beginning of the twentieth century. The " municipal science " was not insitutionalised as a discipline. It remained a dispersed science across multiple laboratories working on developing and dispersing the know-how destined for public administration. This sure knowledge bears witness, however, to a new manner of thinking about the city within its politico-administrative organisation, a city which gives rise to political initiatives and aggregation of citizens
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Renaud Payre. Le stade de l'expérience : une incertaine science communale et la question de l'institutionnalisation disciplinaire des savoirs urbains. Revue d'histoire des sciences humaines, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2005, pp.97-116. ⟨10.3917/rhsh.012.0097⟩. ⟨halshs-00119914⟩

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