"Little Supplements of LIfe": Urban Governance and Quality of Life
Keywords:Culture, Urban governance, Foucault & Bourdieu, U.K., Australia
AbstractAbstract: This paper presents an approach to urban governance and quality of life that combines recent French theory with current English and Australian practice. The historical concepts of "culture" and "governance" developed by Foucault and Bourdieu (among others) are integrated into several case studies of contemporary cultural policies enacted in cities across the U.K. and in Australia. The present work thus seeks to combine theoretical concerns with practical applications, towards the investigation and understanding of a particularity held in common: quality of life indicators, as expressed in patterns of both social and cultural capital assessment, in both urban and community environments. Résumé: Cet article présente une approche à la gouvernance urbaine et à la qualité de la vie qui allie des théories françaises récentes à des pratiques anglaises et australiennes courantes. Il unit les concepts historiques de « culture » et de « gouvernance » développés par Foucault et Bourdieu (entre autres) à plusieurs études de cas. Ces dernières portent sur des politiques culturelles contemporaines formulées dans des villes d'une part à l'autre de la Grande Bretagne et de l'Australie. Cette étude cherche ainsi à associer questions théoriques et applications pratiques, afin d'examiner et de comprendre une particularité qu'elles ont en commun: les indicateurs de qualité de vie, tels qu'exprimés dans l'évaluation de capital social et culturel, tant dans les milieux communautaires qu'urbains.
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