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Traversals

A Traverse gathers related articles addressing various debate topics.

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Xavier Bernier | 23.09.2013

This paper justifies “le traverser” as a scientific notion ; it argues that it can be defined as the social validation of spatial practices organized a posteriori. ”Le traveser” is a process of social “substantivation” that treats the distance traveled as a spatial unit. With examples from various scales and cultural materials, such as promotional films, webdocumentaries, cartoon or experimental movies, the purpose of this work is to define more precisely the linguistic and spatial uses of what can [...]

La petite fabrique des futurs.

Jacques Lévy | 16.07.2013

This Traversal analyses and interprets the outcomes of the GEMS (Geneva Micromega Survey), an interview-based qualitative survey carried out since 2006 on a representative sample of the cross-border Geneva urban area. This inquiry is part of the Dia-Logos project, an exploratory research programme Jacques Lévy launched when he joined EPFL, in 2004. Dia-Logos’ founding principle is based on the observation of a dual deficit in the relations between societal issues and social sciences. On the one hand, works carried [...]

Ville et marché.

Charlotte Halpern et Julie Pollard | 17.06.2013

This article uses the notion of urban market actors as an organizing concept so as to systematically examine the rhythms, scope, and direction of urban change. It argues that an analysis based on the detailed characterization of urban market actors may contribute to understanding evolving state-market dynamics in European cities. This analytic choice shifts the usual point of view, empirically exploring the place of the market in urban policy transformations and making it possible to surmount some of the [...]

La sociologie pragmatique de Dorothy E. Smith.

Fabienne Malbois et Philippe Gonzalez | 04.06.2013

This introduction offers some biographical elements about Dorothy E. Smith in regard to the original development of her sociology. It is also the occasion to come back to the context in which the articles composing this issue were written. Hence this issue constitutes the first french-speaking reception of institutional ethnography from the point of view of pragmatic sociologies. [...]

Vivre le périurbain.

Emmanuel Ravalet,Motte-Baumvol et Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin | 29.04.2013

This Traverse explores the specific nature of surburban areas and lifestyles compared with urban and rural ones. It equally examines major social issues as they are related to the rapid and continual growth of suburban areas and populations. The various articles gathered in this Traverse assert some of the specific characteristics of suburban lifestyles. Three kinds of results are emphasized. First, a distortion of the urban lifestyle is experienced by most populations who previously were city dwellers. This distortion [...]

Sociétés en crise dans les Suds.

Elieth Eyebiyi,Sara Ndiaye et Séverine Carrausse | 09.07.2012

Les sociétés du Sud sont inscrites dans des processus de réinvention, de mutation et de transformation qui illustrent à la fois une historicité bouleversée, et des mécanismes que l’on range généralement sous le vocable de « crise ». Au sens des auteurs, la crise n’est pas simplement la remise en cause d’un modèle « traditionnel [...]

Le tournant proxémique.

| 16.01.2012

« Et pourtant, elle tourne ! » Telle est la phrase qu’aurait prononcée Galileo Galilei après avoir dû abjurer l’héliocentrisme face au Tribunal de l’Inquisition. En effet, si les théories héliocentriques qu’il avait enseignées comme étant vraies n’étaient en réalité que des hypothèses mathématiques qui pouvaient être sacrilèges, l’appareil d’intuitions et d’observations suggérait leur véracité, [...]

Sloterdijk, écumes espiègles.

| 16.05.2011

Peter Sloterdijk apparaît au premier abord comme un objet pensant non identifié. Il aborde une multitude de sujets — d’une histoire des idées et des images à large spectre à des questions plus cadrées comme la mondialisation ou l’éducation — sans parler de prises de position vigoureuses sur un sujet aussi prosaïque que la fiscalité. [...]

Evaluating Academia.

Between Old Hierarchy and New Orthodoxy.

Barak Kalir et Pál Nyíri | 12.07.2010

There is a growing body of literature and events critiquing the spread of ‘audit cultures’1 in Western research institutions.In brief, these audit cultures imply the assignment of numerical values to the ‘output’ of researchers, the ranking and/or financing of institutions, departments and/or individuals based on these values, and, perhaps most significantly, the dependence of the [...]

L’enquête à l’épreuve du tourisme.

Saskia Cousin | 08.04.2010

Martin Parr, Japan. Miyazaki: The Artificial Beach inside the Ocean Dome, série « Small World », 1996. © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos/Kamel Mennour, Paris. Comment étudier le tourisme ? Cette traverse thématique part du constat que, malgré le foisonnement actuel des publications, le débat sur les méthodes d’enquêtes appropriées à ce champ d’étude reste rare, [...]

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