L'économie de la vitesse : l'automobilisme et ses enjeux dans le département du Rhône et la région de Québec (1919-1961)

Authors: Faugier, Étienne
Advisor: Pâquet, Martin
Abstract: The Economy of Speed: Automobilism and its Stakes in the Rhône region and the Quebec Area (1919-1961) Our thesis analyzes automobilism in the rural West during the twentieth century. It is based on a study crossing the Rhône region in France and Quebec area in Canada. Our documentation relies on archives for the Rhône region and national sources for Quebec area. These are supplemented by periodicals, reviews, statistical sources and iconography. Our demonstration wishes to answer to the question of the adoption of speed and its consequences in rural areas. By crossing territories, it highlights how an object produced by industrial city – the automobile and its variations – changes the rural and agricultural landscape, attitudes and practices of mobility. This work show that mutations about automobilism are much more numerous and complex in the rural than in urban areas. It also highlights the relative speed with which rural people have adopted this mode of transport: rural anti-automobilism is re-evaluated and sociocultural impacts of mechanization are underlined. Finally, it posits the idea that the car speed is part of a logical and coherent system that is revolutionizing the mode of travel, but also and especially the space occupied and attitudes. Key-words: speed; automobilism; rural studies; cross-history; France; Quebec; twentieth century; transportation; motorization; mechanization; mobility
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2013
Open Access Date: 19 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/24302
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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