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L'urbaniste et ses métiers, délimitation d'un champ, légitimité des pratiques

Abstract : Studying urbanism as a professional exercise covers several perspectives. Indeed, the main stake is to identify planners and describe their practices within a professional environment, analyzing both their specificity and the modalities of their recognition. It means defining the urban planning professional field as well as accounting for structuring processes in the profession. The goal is then to show that urbanism constitutes a methodological movement, with an approach of land/society interactions pointing to a theoretical and methodological renewal and which contributes to defining the aim of our study. Our hypothesis is that regional planning is linked since the 19th century to complex problems, calling for new mediations and skills. So the emergence of a professional profile should be studied according to the dynamics of planning practices and the practices of related professions together with the methodological movement resulting, where urbanism becomes a discipline rather than a mere method to address issues, and gain scientific status. At the heart of a competition for the control of decision-making or tools, urban planning professions are analyzed in reference to strategies and logics built in their practice to ensure recognition of their activity and based on field determination. Along with the discussions on whether the methods used to characterize this field are appropriate, whether theoretical tools are adequate to shed light on the interests of stakeholders, we intend to demonstrate how urban planners define their profession, in a field open to constant evolution and interactions.
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Karell Knobloch. L'urbaniste et ses métiers, délimitation d'un champ, légitimité des pratiques. Sociologie. Université Paul Cézanne - Aix-Marseille III, 2009. Français. ⟨tel-00463808⟩



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