publication . Article . 2018

Une colonisation de l’imaginaire du fleuve ? Réflexions sur l’engagement de groupes « bourgeois » dans le devenir du cours d’eau à Chennai, en Inde du Sud

Hochart, Karine;
  • Published: 06 Feb 2018 Journal: Géocarrefour, volume 92 (issn: 1627-4873, eissn: 1960-601X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: OpenEdition
EnglishIn December 2015, the floods hit the city of Chennai, southern India, reviving the debate over the future of two urban rivers, Cooum and Adyar. Far from the figure of the sacred Indian river, these waterways, devoid of religious meanings, have historically remained marginal to the development of the city. The flood reveals the river of possibilities. Some "bourgeois" interest groups then seize on the environmental issue to promote their visions of the river to come. Through an examination of the links between these elites’ imaginaries and actions on the Adyar, this article highlights the power relationships exercised via dominant river imaginaries, sugges...
free text keywords: imaginaires, élite, fleuve, engagement, groupes d’intérêt, imaginary, river, interest groups, History, Humanities, Elite, Bourgeoisie, Urban planning, Vision, The Imaginary
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