What could be the « imaginary institution » of the City?

Lefebvre, Olivier (2014) What could be the « imaginary institution » of the City? REAL CORP 2014 – PLAN IT SMART! Clever Solutions for Smart Cities. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 1041-1046.

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In his book “The imaginary institution of Society” the French philosopher Castoriadis wanted to explain the radical change of societies and their diversity. The social imaginary matters, and explains social change. But what is it today? The Castoriadis’s answer is mainly a criticism of the imaginary of the bureaucratic society (perfect anticipations). He hoped more autonomy. We propose this interpretation of the imaginary of the City: the main myths are personal strength, chance (here the reference is the Ulrich Beck’s book “The risk society”) and individual happiness (the reference being the works of the French philosopher Lipotevsky). We are able to explain the discrepancy between public policies (including city planning) and the real social needs. It exists because the doctrines used lag behind the “social imaginary significations”. The concerned fields are the beauty of cities, spatial segregation, women in the city, environment and drugs…

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: imaginary institution, social imaginery, public policies, real social needs, Castoriadis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 16:28
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 16:28
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/279

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