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The Books heading gathers critical reviews of selected social-sciences books.

L’opuscule et le progrès.

Bouveresse, Jacques. 2017. Le mythe moderne du progrès, décortiqué et démonté par le philosophe Jacques Bouveresse à partir des critiques de Karl Kraus, Robert Musil, George Orwell, Ludwig Wittgenstein et de Georg Henrik von Wright. Marseille : Agone, coll. « Cent mille signes ».

Hervé Regnauld | 23.08.2017

What is progress about ? In a short and convincing essay, Bouveresse demonstrates that progress, in science, adds some knowledge to the preexisting theories, but adds many more questions about new problems. So progress is not an acccumulation, but a questioning. [...]

Participer, à quelles conditions ? Pour une approche plurielle des engagements participatifs.

Charles, Julien. 2016. La participation en actes. Entreprise, ville, association. Paris : Éditions Desclée de Brouwer, coll. « Solidarité et société ».

Sarah Van Hollebeke | 08.08.2017

La participation en actes is part of the pragmatic research in social sciences, which argues on the improvement of the classical model of participatory democracy. By exposing the experiences of the actors of several participatory projects, the author invites the reader to take into account the conditions and constraints that enclose participation, as well as the "cost" to pay to participate. The originality of this book is that it associates a focus on the burdens of participation with an [...]

Fred, Noah, Valérie et les autres… tous habitants !

Lion, Gaspard. 2015. Incertaines demeures. Enquêtes sur l’habitat précaire. Montrouge : Bayard.

Olivier Lazzarotti | 26.07.2017

The work of sociologist Gaspard Lion focuses on the precarious habitat of people living in the circumparisian woods, residing in year-round campsites or settling in the streets. It allows to account for these "marginal" forms of living. They then contribute to fuel the ongoing reflection on "dwelling". [...]

Une architecture des frontières.

Teyssot, Georges. 2016. Une topologie du quotidien. Lausanne : Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes, coll. « Poche Architecture ».

Gaël Brulé | 07.07.2017

In Une topologie du quotidien, Georges Teyssot positions himself as an architect of borders. The border is studied under various angles : physical, ontological, epistemological. This analysis stems from an initial observation that the traditional conception of borders is unsatisfactory, and doesn’t explain the current limits of a house, a field, or an object. A new concept of border is drawn by Teyssot. [...]

Bonnes feuilles de l’Atlas politique de la France.

Des révolutions de moins en moins silencieuses.

Jacques LévyOgier MaitreJean-Nicolas Fauchille et Ana Póvoas | 05.07.2017

Lévy, Jacques, Ogier Maitre, Jean-Nicolas Fauchille et Ana Póvoas (dirs.). 2017. Atlas politique de la France. Les révolutions silencieuses de la société française. Paris : Éditions Autrement. The Silent Revolution, « la révolution silencieuse », est le titre d’un ouvrage de Ron Inglehart publié en 1977. Il y est question de l’émergence de nouveaux modèles de société [...]

En finir avec l’hospitalité… ou pas.

Djigo, Sophie. 2016. Les migrants de Calais. Enquête sur la vie en transit. Marseille : Agone, coll. « Contre-feux » et Brugère, Fabienne et Guillaume Le Blanc. La fin de l’hospitalité. Lampedusa, Lesbos, Calais… jusqu’où irons-nous ? Paris : Flammarion.

Emilie Da Lage | 14.06.2017

How can we describe and analyze the multiplication, in Europe, of the areas in which asylum-seeking migrants are kept ? What concepts and methods should we use to understand what is taking place there, how these areas mark the territories ? What kind of stages in trajectories of exile are they ? How do they put at stake the democratic bases of European States ? These questions are the core of two books of philosophy which claim a particular posture : a grounded philosophy. [...]

Le musée déconstruit : le réquisitoire de Jean-Loup Amselle.

Amselle, Jean-Loup. 2016. Le musée exposé. Fécamp : Lignes.

François Warin | 17.05.2017

With the new museums, works of the greatest architects, we entered a new age. It is this new place of confinement that mobilizes the big pilgrimages of international tourism today, which Jean-Loup Amselle intends to deconstruct in a book (The Museum Exposed) as ambitious as iconoclastic, a book in which Marxist, Foucaldian and post-colonial criticism cross each other.
By taking a geopolitical dimension, the museum becomes a museum of society, and today exposes itself to the conflict of memories and [...]

Paul Claval fait confiance à l’Occident.

Claval, Paul. 2016. L’aventure occidentale. Modernité et globalisation. Paris : Éditions Sciences Humaines.

Christian Bouquet | 11.05.2017

Paul Claval continues to put in perspective the way the world is going, with his own insights and readings. In this book, he alludes to the end of the modernist utopia impacted by the globalization process, while outlining the universalist ambition of these two movements. However, he is worried by the current imbalance experienced by the planet and its inhabitants, under the influence of a triple transition : demographic, environmental and digital technology. His point of view may be [...]

Science, histoire des sciences et vérité scientifique.

Recension croisée de Guenancia, Pierre, Maryvonne Perrot et Jean-Jacques Wunenburger (dirs.). 2016. Bachelard et Canguilhem. Dijon : Cahiers Gaston Bachelard (n°14) et de Barreau, Aurélien. 2016. De la vérité dans les sciences. Paris : Dunod.

Hervé Regnauld | 19.04.2017

What does truth mean for science ? Bachelard, Canguilhem and Dagognet, French philosophers who are also mathematicians and doctors, produced some important ideas about truth : it is not something that exists as a quality of the scientific object, it is something that the scientist creates according to its own likings, and not in relation with some objective characteristics of the world. More recently, a philosopher who is also an astrophysicist, Barrau, has elaborated an original epistemic approach, stating [...]

« Je suis Ferrare. »

Roche, Thierry et Guy Jungblut. 2016. Antonioni-Ferrare : Une hypothèse plausible. Liège : Yellow Now, coll. « Côté cinéma ».

Olivier Lazzarotti | 19.04.2017

Between images and anthropology, from films to inhabitants, the book explores, in the form of a dialogue – which is even better – one of the first questions of dwelling, from the perspective of Mr. Antonioni and the city of Ferrare : « What inheritance the city where we were born gives us ? ». [...]