Testing urban forms: city, control and ‘urban violence’ in France

Ratouis Olivier and Boissonade Jérôme

in Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346858
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302544 | DOI:
Testing urban forms: city, control and ‘urban violence’ in France

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This chapter talks about the conceptions of urban violence and includes a detailed account of the portrayal, marginalisatio, and subsequent cultural responses of young, excluded people. It describes the responses to city housing policy, as well as the problematisation and objectification of the residents' behaviour of France's Priority Urban Development Zones (ZUPs). These ZUPs are determined to mirror similar processes with UK council housing states. The chapter further argues that cities in France are slowly being characterised by spaces of control that are subject to surveillance, rather than by public spaces that act as locations for urban interaction.

Keywords: urban violence; excluded youth; cultural responses; city housing policy; Priority Urban Development Zones; France; council housing states; spaces of control

Chapter.  7807 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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