(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Maintenance work and the performativity of urban inscriptions : the case of Paris subway signs

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

DENIS J. (1) ; PONTILLE D. (2) ;
(1) Laboratoire de Traitement et de Communication de l’Information, Département Sciences Économiques et Sociales, Telecom ParisTech, CNRS UMR 5141, Paris, FRANCE
(2) Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Mines ParisTech, CNRS UMR 7185, Paris, FRANCE


The AA. examine maintenance work and the performativity of urban inscriptions through the case of Paris subway signs. They show that the semiotic production of space is mainly played out in standardization processes that are both oriented towards signs immutability and fueled by a daily consideration for their vulnerability. Such a posture allows them to take full account of the ontological variations of signs (which can be, for example, stable or unstable, consistent or fragile, immutable or mutable). Maintenance work, through which the agency of urban inscriptions is partially shaped, ensures the articulation of such a multiplicity


Article of periodic

published at : Environment and planning. D. Society & space / ISSN 0263-7758

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1983)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 32, no3 [pp. 404-416]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



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