Between Desacralisation and Feelings of Ambivalence

  • Corine Védrine
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)


As soon as the father’s caring gaze shifts away from his workforce, a process of desacralising the company sets in. The averted look suggested by relocation and investing abroad, has given rise to a feeling of abandonment, injustice, if not contempt: the workforce reduction in Clermont-Ferrand is experienced as a real betrayal. It is also when the demands of security and recognition seem fruitless that the workers start to a desacralise the company, through resistance modes that break the silence taboo. After having set out this context, Corine Vedrine describes two particular types of resistance: one that desacralises the myth by producing counter-narratives and abandoning company rituals, while the other takes places in the public arena through the use of legal and cinematographical tools. But in the same time, for many, it is impossible to stop believing the Michelin myth, and the empowerment of the workers and the locals proves to be difficult.


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  • Corine Védrine
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  1. 1.LAURE-EVS Laboratory, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de LyonVaulx-en-VelinFrance

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