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Au-delà de l’urbanité : une approche géopsychologique du sentiment d’urbanité

Abstract : Regarding the process of metropolisation and densification of urban areas, what sense should urbanity have from individuals’ point of view ? This PhD dissertation proposes a framework based on the individual dimension of relationships with the city. We focus on what we define as the « sense of urbanity », namely the emotional and cognitive state of an individual characterizing his relationship to urban spaces and/or the city. This state is variable and relative according to individuals components : individual urban practices, past residential journeys, space capital and individual representations of the city. In order to understand how this sense of urbanity is built at the individual scale, we opted for a two-step methodology based on commented photo trails and on an online questionnaire. This work highlights three levels in the way that individuals build their sense of urbanity : a collective level widely shared by individuals, a social level related to the social group (social belonging, generational belonging) and a level based on the individual experiences of the city. Through a comprehensive approach, this PhD dissertation proposes to compare established categories (city, urban) to the living word in order to build definitions and theoretical categories enriched with lived or perceived individual realities. This also comes down to answering the question what is urban in a fragmented urban world?
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Brieuc Bisson. Au-delà de l’urbanité : une approche géopsychologique du sentiment d’urbanité. Géographie. Université Rennes 2, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019REN20046⟩. ⟨tel-02927154⟩

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