Les petites capitales d’Etat aux Etats-Unis : quel effet chef-lieu ?

Christian Montes 1, 2
1 UMR 5600 EVS
EVS - Environnement Ville Société
Abstract : This paper questions the political status of the American State Capitals as well as the categories through which it is possible to study American small towns. The most used approach, the economic one, is only partial, because it does not allow us exactly to ascertain the influence of the administrative status (except direct state and federal jobs) and it omits all that does not fall under economic processes and hierarchization. The approach through the “ordinary” Jennifer Robinson promoted is the used. It shows what pertains to the immaterial realm, which allows us to apprehend the central role of capitals’ administrative status: it is powerful in representations and in the construction of the state’s identity. However, representations of local elites and policies carried out in small capitals remain largely subjected to economic models and the symbolism of capitols does not benefit the entire population.
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Christian Montes. Les petites capitales d’Etat aux Etats-Unis : quel effet chef-lieu ?. Territoire en mouvement.Revue de Géographie et d'Aménagement, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2017, Aux frontières de l'urbain. Petites villes du monde, 33, ⟨http://journals.openedition.org/tem/4050⟩. ⟨10.4000/tem.4050⟩. ⟨hal-02047289⟩

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