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From the Ban on Enjoyment to the Injunction to Enjoy: The Post-Industrial City and Its New Spaces of Control

  • Corine Védrine
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Abstract

Based on the case study of Clermont-Ferrand, Védrine studies the progression from an industrial town where enjoyment was banned to an urban setting where it is encouraged. Michelin’s influence, Védrine notes, is stamped on Clermont-Ferrand. In 1832, the Michelin Company turned the town into an industrial city with four factories and many social facilities—housing, schools, hospitals and so on—that embodied a paternalistic spirit aimed at winning the loyalty of the workers. Unlike other French cities, in recent times Clermont-Ferrand has not experienced deindustrialization. Michelin still is the foremost local employer, property owner and taxpayer. Today, however, the company needs fewer manual workers and more white-collar workers, whom it attracts by promising a good quality of life. Védrine examines how the production of spaces where the life of the workers was tightly controlled has been replaced by the production of new spaces where the managers’ enjoyment is ensured through the consumption of leisure, culture and aesthetic displays.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corine Védrine
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  1. 1.Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Lyon, Laure-EVSVaulx-en-VelinFrance

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