La marche en ville : Une histoire de sens

Abstract : The theme of walk in the city occupied the great part of literature of XIXe and the beginning of the XXe century. Today, the figure of the flanor, described by Walter Benjamin, still dominates our representations. But, if walking in the city requires an art of seeing whose flanor remains an accomplished artist, it engages also the body and the senses of the pedestrian. The matter of this article is to reveal this sensory dimension of walk. It is based on a thematic reading of recent work of anthropology, sociology and town planning. Sometimes described like a "technique of the body", sometimes analyzed like a " ordinary social act ", walk remains "the instrument of composition of the city ". It is, more still, and it is the hypothesis that we defend, a means for the pedestrian of anchoring itself to the city.
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Rachel Thomas. La marche en ville : Une histoire de sens. Espace Geographique, Éditions Belin, 2007, p. 15-26. ⟨halshs-00388489⟩

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