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Métropoles is a journal at the intersection of most social science disciplines, focussing on urban and metropolitan issues and targeted at an international academic community. It is a theme-based journal that sets out to present the most important and original research from traditional urban-focussed disciplines such as geography, sociology, the political sciences and economics, as well as disciplines that have more recently embraced urban studies such as history and law. The journal is interested in cross-disciplinary research, from the areas of town planning and regional development. Articles are published in French and English.

Latest issue
33 | 2023
La ville marchande en temps de pandémie

Ce que la crise du Covid-19 a fait aux mondes marchands urbains
The commercial city (« ville marchande ») in the time of pandemic. How has the Covid-19 pandemic shaped the retail and urban worlds?

This issue, initiated just a few months after the French government's announcement of new restrictive measures (April 2021), proposes to examine the destabilization and redevelopment caused by the pandemic is in the retail sector, and to study its temporary or lasting consequences on urban space. What is a market town when it can no longer be one, when most of its shops are closed or subject to constraints and new regulations? Bringing together sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and urban planners, the dossier presents analyses carried out in China, South Africa, the United States and France on a diversity of spaces and situations of commercial exchange, which are not usually thought of together (stores, restaurants, wholesale and retail markets, online commerce). These are brought together here in a common interrogation –what the Covid-19 pandemic has done to the city and to commerce– while thinking more globally about urban realities and their future.

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