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The library section contains all items published in the journal by date of publication.

Pour une anthropologie du poor to poor apparenté au peer to peer.

Lamia Missaoui | 14.04.2014

International poor migrants have understood that they are not welcome in rich countries. Most of them — around 200 000 a year in France and 600 000 in Europe (OCDE 2013) — are therefore coming as « transmigrants » instead of emigrants or immigrants. The world’s largest firms take advantage of their situation and integrate them into modern trade capitalism. Transmigrants are thus involved in international economic networks, more specifically in the “poor to poor” trade. This system, outside [...]

De la nécessité de ne pas s’ignorer. Vers une linguistique mésologique.

Chomsky, Noam. 2011. Sur la nature et le langage. Marseille : Agone.

Romaric Jannel | 14.04.2014

The high activity in contemporary linguistics is mainly the result of Noam Chomsky’s works. However, this thinker’s postulates are simple reductionisms, which deny the complex phenomenon that allowed the emergence and the evolution of language(s). To get a comprehensive understanding of linguistic phenomena and exclude any kind of determinism, one should analyse the coevolution human-milieu. This mesological approach of language, characteristic of what may be complex thinking, is an epistemological and ethical necessity. If determinism is considered as a [...]

Écologie : litanie du futur ou pouvoir négligé ?

Dominique Joye,Luca Pattaroni et Mischa Piraud | 07.04.2014

Far away from the promises of a better future, the ecological question provokes fears that are widely shared. It contributes to a negative form of a common future that remains nevertheless quite detached from the everyday experience. Indeed, in opposition to other concerns for the future, the ecological threat appears to be more rooted in an abstract construction than on situated affordances. Fear appears here as the lowest common denominator of our relation with future. [...]

L’Art et le passage du temps.

Zask, Joëlle. 2013. Outdoor art, la sculpture et ses lieux. Paris : La Découverte.

Hervé Regnauld | 07.04.2014

The exhibition of outdoor art works in public areas leads to two main consequences. On the one hand the site where the work is displayed gains a new importance, on the other hand the political body which decides on the exhibition gets celebrated. This results, most often, in a well-accepted but very trite and commonplace aesthetics. Joëlle Zask’s book undertakes a precise and convincing deconstruction of these practices and questions, in depth, the idea of public space. [...]

Figures et repentirs d’une anthropologie non participante : l’ayahuasca en Amazonie péruvienne.

Amselle, Jean-Loup. 2013. Psychotropiques. La fièvre de l’ayahuasca en amazonie péruvienne. Paris : Albin Michel.

François Warin | 31.03.2014

Jean-Loup Amselle is an atypical anthropologist known for his critical approach to his profession. More specifically, he has worked on the illusion — widespread in Western societies — that the future is to be dreaded and that we can only find solace in a mystical and idealized past. Psychotropiques. La fièvre de l’ayahuasca en forêt amazonienne (2013) focuses on the new players in the Peruvian Amazon region, who share the world market for such anxieties, giving the Western tourists’ [...]

La gouvernance métropolitaine à l’épreuve de la mobilité contrainte des « Roms migrants » en région parisienne. Peer review

Martin Olivera et Olivier Legros | 21.03.2014

This article, which combines an ethnographic perspective and the analysis of public policy and urban geography, seeks to inform about the policies taken towards Roma migrants in a precarious situation in Île-de-France. Far from being a point of support for the construction of a governance capability across the city-region, the “Roma issue” lies mainly in the state and local authorities, whose attitude oscillates between hospitality and rejection. The authors, being interested in the practices and residential strategies of Roma [...]

Comprendre le retour de la planification territoriale en Europe.

Zepf, Marcus et Lauren Andres. 2011. Enjeux de la planification territoriale en Europe. Lausanne : Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes.

Guy Baudelle | 17.03.2014

Spatial planning seemed to be out of fashion but this very stimulating overview, based on case studies that focus on various European countries, shows that the deep transformation of territorial planning has allowed its unexpected resurgence. The book intends to show that this dramatic change has been driven by the need for more flexibility and coherence. Foresight and spatial visioning illustrate some of the new instruments designed to face contemporary challenges. But the dissemination channels of these new practices [...]

Thinking Dimensionally in Social Sciences.

An unconventional notion of social space for research on social topics.

Klaus Geiselhart | 10.03.2014

This article carries the constructivist idea to its logical conclusion. If space is always perceived in three dimensions and does not have a substance, why not consider social topics in the the same way and see whether this produces informative and new insights ? The notion of Euclidean space as a dimensional system of ordering is an elementary concept in social sciences. This article gives two examples of how this concept could be employed in a non-positivistic and non-essentialist [...]

Interroger l’infrastructure de représentation du monde.

Kurgan, Laura. 2013. Close up at a distance. Mapping, technology and politics. New York : Zone Books.

Jean-Christophe Plantin | 10.03.2014

With her book Close up at a distance. Mapping, technology and politics, Laura Kurgan, Professor of architecture at Columbia University in New York city, interrogates the political, technical and ethical debates around satellite imagery, GPS and Geographic Information Systems. The originality of Kurgan’s work comes from her theoretical articles, that use geography and sciences, technology and society resources, and the presentation of nine artistic projects that she has been working on for twenty years, using case studies of satellite [...]

The Misery and Splendours of Sociophysics.

Pablo Jensen | 03.03.2014

Physicists can be annoying when they attack social systems. For example, when one of them learnedly explains in Le Monde the very close result of several elections from the early 2000s using elegant mathematical models… which are completely unrealistic. Or again when one of the most visible “socio-physicists” affirmed in 2007 in the prestigious English [...]