CASE STUDIES

La Chapelle-Marx Dormoy, Paris, 18th district

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  La Chapelle-Marx Dormoy, Paris, 18th district   The 18th district of the city of Paris is located north of the city, about 30 minutes from the Halles-Châtelet metro station. Located in the pericentre of the Greater Paris metropolis, it borders the towns of Aubervilliers, Saint Denis and Saint Ouen to the north. Served by […]

Do or don’t? Transgression and regulation of subversive behaviours in Montreal

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Photo credits: Mélissa Moriceau   What is allowed in public space, what is not? The question seems simple, but in Montreal, the answer is not obvious.   This case study examines the encounter between the transgressive practices of young people who more particularly express themselves artistically. We follow the graffiti artists who express themselves on […]

Downtown Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis

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It is from the heart of the Basilique district, in the city centre of Saint-Denis,that we are starting research with the association “Maison Jaune”. This association aims to develop the social life of the neighbourhood. The establishment of a workshop will make this district known by young people whose point of view is to be […]

Los chavos, las chavas and El Chopo

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  El Chopo is a punk-rock street market located just north of the historical center. This countercultural space began operating in the 1980s. Since then, every Saturday vendors take to the streets and young people (los chavos and las chavas) flock. It is estimated that between 5,000-10,000 people use it weekly. There are approximately 200 […]

Male sex workers on the street

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  In Zona Rosa, sex workers are invisible to those who do not know body language codes. These young prostitutes make themselves visible by moving their bodies in a certain way when they see a potential client. How is this (in)visibility regulated? How do these young people articulate the virtual public space (meeting places) and […]

Marijuana users on the streets of Mexico

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  In a changing political context and regulating framework relating to cannabis, how is consumption regulated in public spaces?   Drug use, like any other transgressive practice, is informally regulated by youth themselves in the face of their social networks or family. They seek to protect themselves from police extortion or market-related violence. They also […]

Peseros and the sustainable mobile city

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  This case aims to analyze both youth transgression in urban public space, and the regulatory discourses and practices directed at such transgression, through an ethnographic study of recent projects and efforts to regularize and formalize public transport in Mexico City.   “Peseros,” or privately run small buses, are infamous in the city for, among […]

Practices and Tactics in the Public Space of Young Northern Montrealers

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Montreal-Nord is a former suburb of small middle classes. The borough is today inhabited by a heterogeneous population, but immigrant populations, often relatively disadvantaged compared to the rest of Montreal, predominate in the northeastern part of the area. This case study focuses on young people (girls and boys) in Montreal-Nord. We explore the spaces where […]