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In The Metro

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Tourists climb the Eiffel Tower to see Paris. Parisians know that to really see the city you must descend into the metro. In this revelatory book, Marc Auge takes readers below Paris in a work that is both an ethnography of the city and a personal narrative. Guiding us through history, memory, and physical space, Auge juxtaposes the romance of the metro with the reality of ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published September 6th 2002 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1986)
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A une personne qui me demandait ce que je pensais de ce livre, j'ai répondu que j'avais l'impression qu'il ne s'adressait pas à moi. Je n'ai pas les connaissances nécessaires pour l'apprécier à sa juste valeur et, passées les premières pages qui m'ont beaucoup plu (la partie sur la mémoire), j'ai lu par devoir plutôt que par plaisir.
J'ai l'impression que le style est typiquement français : érudit et whimisical à la fois, nulle volonté de vulgarisation ici. La clarté du propos est sacrifié à l'é
Ethnography of the Parisian metro. This was one of the books that made me love urban ethnography. The metro stops are mostly named after national events or individuals, but the riders of the metro who impose their own meanings onto a certain station.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started reading this, but I found it strangely engrossing. The links Augé weaves between people, culture, society and the subway system of Paris were fascinating.

Though I admit not having the background required to fully comprehend some of the deeper meanings intended by Augé, I found his style both vivid and descriptive enough to draw me in, and leave me wanting to learn more. In fact, more than once I found myself researching elements, simply to satis
Well written and enjoyable, presenting Paris' subway history and people's attitudes by sharing an experience. Perhaps I had trouble seeing where this was really going, and coming back often on the same points. A good author and nice book but I stay with an unfinished feeling like there was way more things to tell that he skipped, or maybe that's his way to make us wonder about those...It was nice, not my favourite book of all times but actually apropriate to read in the subway!
I state that I work in the field of public transport in Milan and precisely I work in the underground transport: for this reason perhaps I am not the best person to judge this book.
However, if this is the ethnology, I'll never read a book about ethnology.
It has not given me an innovative reasoning or an enlightenment.
A real disappointment. Read in the Italian translation.
Maria Chupp
This book is part ethnography, part personal narrative. It made me see my daily commute in a whole new light and realize how the geography of New York City is also a map of a big part of my life.
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Marc Augé is a French anthropologist. His career can be divided into three stages, reflecting shifts in both his geographical focus and theoretical development: early (African), middle (European) and late (Global). These successive stages do not involve a broadening of interest or focus as such, but rather the development of a theoretical apparatus able to meet the demands of the growing convictio ...more
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