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Se mouiller au propre comme au figuré : de l'observation à l'ethnographie dans les bains-douches parisiens

Claire Lévy-Vroelant 1
1 CRH - Centre de Recherche sur l'Habitat
LAVUE - Laboratoire Architecture, Ville, Urbanisme, Environnement
Abstract : The paper reports a collective survey conducted in the Parisian municipal public baths by students of Sociology at Université de Paris 8 under their teacher's supervision. The analysis, based on selected pieces of field works diaries, focuses on the performativity of interactions. These interactions lead to the production of a shared space, both social and spatial, by all the actors participating : users, employees, observers, participants. The inventiveness of the strategies implemented by the students seems to result from their social characteristics, but also from a methodological arrangement that brought together all their fieldwork experiences during collective sessions. Public but also private, because they are dedicated to bodily care, such establishments are regulated by tensions between three principles : anonymity, hospitality, hostility. The conclusion underlines the ambiguity of these spaces, deeply vulnerable and at the same time bringing solidarity and even spirit of resistance, and the relevance of adequate observation methods.
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Claire Lévy-Vroelant. Se mouiller au propre comme au figuré : de l'observation à l'ethnographie dans les bains-douches parisiens. Espaces et sociétés (Paris, France), Erès, 2016, 1-2 (164-165), pp.127-142. ⟨halshs-02640901⟩

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