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Les natures apocryphes de la Seine

Abstract : At the start of the new millennium, experts and elected officials in Calvados Department, France, warned about the massive buildup of silt on beaches there and the poorer conditions for tourism owing to the construction of the Normandy Bridge and the development of the port in Le Havre. Underlying this warning, we discover a form of management that, social rather than scientific, has its origins in the “murky” mythology constructed by the proponents of Romanticism, Impressionism and Naturalism. Whereas silt is not a problem for the general public, it is, for scientists, an issue in the debate about proliferation in nature. In coastal areas, silted beaches provide the very image of proliferation and intrusion. This difference between a technoscientific viewpoint and that of users sheds light on an apocryphal conception of the Seine River’s estuary, whereby the mysterious proliferation of silt re-enchants a vision of nature that arouses guilt feelings.
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Olivier Sirost. Les natures apocryphes de la Seine. Études rurales, Éditions de l'École pratique des hautes études, 2010, pp.181-196. ⟨hal-01848625⟩



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