Those People: The Subculture of a Housing Project (Ces Gens-Là)

Those People: The Subculture of a Housing Project (Ces Gens-Là)

Those People: The Subculture of a Housing Project (Ces Gens-Là)

Those People: The Subculture of a Housing Project (Ces Gens-Là)

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The problems posed by present-day urbanization and the new form of habitat in groups of buildings and apartment complexes have already been studied at length by the group on social ethnology directed by Ph. Chombard de Lauwe among others, while the ill-housed are the subject of Andrée Michel's thesis. But little work has yet been devoted to the transitional housing projects specifically intended for occupants from the large city slums, and this is the gap that we intend to try to fill here.

For the past fifteen years or so, the public authorities of a zone of great urban concentration have assigned certain sums for the construction of substandard buildings. This construction makes it possible to offer a suitable apartment at a modest rent to families presently crammed into a single room or to occupants of condemned buildings. The administrative history of the transitional projects will be examined in chapter 2. Here, we shall mention only the essential fact that determines their originality, namely, that the residents must live . . .

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