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

La re-cherche, un roman ?

Meur, Diane. 2015. La carte des Mendelssohn, roman. Paris : Sabine Wespierser.

Olivier Lazzarotti | 02.02.2016

Diane Meur’s book claims to be a novel about the descending genealogy of the Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, but the narrative is also about the author’s quest. Therefore, the book offers its readers a rich experience of research whose approach resembles current ones in social sciences and humanities, although these are not always explicit. [...]

Mésologie des savoirs : sciences et contingence.

Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg. 2014. Introduction à la philosophie des sciences. Paris: La Découverte.

Romaric Jannel | 26.01.2016

Philosophy and the history of science have considerably evolved since the 19th century. New practices and questions have emerged, first among scientists themselves according to Rheinberger, then among philosophers. The historical, social and anthropological dimensions of the history of science and epistemology have been gradually questioned. Far from denying the importance of scientific research, Rheinberger implicitly presents its contingent character. To do science is to be in line with, for instance, a given era, community and culture. [...]

Une approche autre de l’individualité.

Emmanuel Lozerand (dir.). 2014. Drôles d’individus. De la singularité individuelle dans le Reste-du-monde. Paris : Klincksieck.

Gérard Martial Amougou | 01.12.2015

Si la question de l’individualisation reste largement à écrire au sein des sociétés occidentales, le traitement de l’individualité dans le Reste-du-monde semble davantage pressant. L’ouvrage collectif dirigé par Emmanuel Lozerand esquisse un panorama des conceptions plurielles de l’individu ailleurs, que la présente contribution se propose de rendre intelligible tout en explorant quelques perspectives. [...]

Plus de biodiversité pour plus de démocratie.

Larrère, Catherine et Raphaël Larrère. 2015. Penser et agir avec la nature. Une enquête philosophique. Paris : La Découverte.

Alexandra Borsari | 10.11.2015

Penser et agir avec la nature consists in the last development of Catherine and Raphaël Larrère’s reflection on the relationship between humankind and nature, and the way we can share the same world. With this book, they call for a new political ecology, rebuilt thanks to the core concept of “biodiversity”. Acting as a synthesis of the path the authors have taken since their reference book, Du bon usage de la nature (1997), this work insists on the importance [...]

Religieux et politique au Maroc.

Rhani, Zakaria. 2014. Le pouvoir de guérir. Mythe, mystique et politique au Maroc. Leiden/Boston : Brill.

Khalid Mouna | 14.09.2015

Although the anthropological literature regarding politics in Maghreb in general and Morocco in particular focuses on dichotomies such as local versus central, Zakaria Rhani’s book questions religion and politics in Morocco through the topic of healing. Myths appear to be at the foundation of political power ; they connect the local to the central. The supernatural world seems to be invested by dynamics that mobilize both genealogy and initiation. By resorting to an anthropological analysis, the author presents the [...]

Des habitudes automobiles antifragiles.

Buhler, Thomas. 2015. Déplacements urbains : sortir de l’orthodoxie. Plaidoyer pour une prise en compte des habitudes. Lausanne : PPUR.

Alexandre Rigal | 08.09.2015

Une grande partie des habitudes automobiles est autofragile. « Autofragile » signifie que l’habitude de conduire se renforce à mesure qu’elle rencontre des situations divergentes. Voici comment nous pouvons interpréter les résultats de Thomas Buhler, présentés dans son ouvrage Déplacements urbains : sortir de l’orthodoxie. Plaidoyer pour une prise en compte des habitudes. Critiquant les injonctions au changement fondées sur des visions d’acteurs calculateurs ou sans contradiction morale, Thomas Buhler décrit les propriétés complexes de l’habitude. Ainsi le jour [...]

Rompre avec l’artificialité pour réenchanter la ville.

Paquot, Thierry. 2015. Désastres urbains. Les villes meurent aussi. Paris : La Découverte.

Lionel Francou | 01.09.2015

Désastres urbains is a committed essay on the necessity of initiating change in the way we think, build and experience the city. Through a philosophy that pays close attention to the involvment of mankind in their milieu, the author analyzes various configurations that induce, according to him, the confinement and subjection of human beings. [...]

Gérer les conflits dans l’espace urbain, 18e-21e siècles.

Quentin Verreycken | 25.08.2015

La ville en ébullition is a collective work containing about fifteen contributions that discuss the management of conflicts and insecurity in urban space, from the eighteenth century until today. The papers, written by historians, sociologists, geographers and lawyers, are organized according to three thematics : the evolution of the concept of insecurity, the maintenance of order in troubled urban spaces, and the daily regulation of city dwellers through more or less authoritative means. [...]

Écriture versus rédaction.

Jablonka, Ivan. 2014. L’Histoire est une littérature contemporaine. Manifeste pour les sciences sociales. Paris : Seuil.

Olivier Lazzarotti | 15.06.2015

From reading the book of Ivan Jablonka (2014), L’Histoire est une literature contemporaine, this text emphasizes the idea that the scientific work of writing is one of the components of scientific production. [...]

Un temps et un lieu pour vieillir ?

Membrado, Monique et Alice Rouyer (dirs.). 2013. Habiter et vieillir, vers de nouvelles demeures. Toulouse : Éditions ERES.

Yannick Orain | 02.06.2015

Aging is a natural process. Yet, we often associate it with a final stage and therefore focus on the problems of advanced age. Becoming old is thus nothing else than getting closer to death ; it consists in the rupture of our linear conception of life. The authors of Habiter et vieillir inquire into these ruptures, which allow us to identify the moments in which we are faced with the reality of old age. Through different angles, Monique Membrado [...]