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A “Natural” Geography of Politics : the Streets of Paris and Washington D.C.

The street reflects the abstract characteristics of the body politics : it is
as such a space where politics and morals are grounded. Comparing
the curving lines of European streets, result of centuries of history, to
the American gridiron, symbol of the historical consciousness of a
new beginning, leads us to explore the elaboration of an ideology,
relying on geometry, in order better to oppose the New World and
Old Europe.
After the beginning of the French and American Revolutions, the
design of the streets of Paris and Washington D.C. illustrates the difficulty
to conceive the urban space of the tabula rasa, and national regeneration
when the latter is confronted with the assertion of the necessary
split between the Old and the New World. We carry out our
study within the broader framework of the ideological process of the
naturalisation of politics.


Référence électonique : Christine CADOT, "A “Natural” Geography of Politics : the Streets of Paris and Washington D.C.", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°116, 116 - La rue, p.45-64 . Consulté le 2021-09-20 19:49:09 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/A-Natural-Geography-of-Politics.html