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

Faites l’expérience de ces ambiances urbaines que je ne saurais définir.

Thibaud, Jean-Paul. 2015. En quête d’ambiances. Éprouver la ville en passant. Genève : MētisPresses, coll. « vuesDensemble Essais ».

Marine Kneubühler | 20.10.2016

En quête d’ambiances is a contribution to the sensitive turn that the social and human sciences are able to cooperate within an interdisciplinary debate about the construction of urban public places and the control of their environments, by focusing on lived experiences. This publication is a collection of papers published from 1996 to 2014 and proposes an exploration of different dimensions of urban atmospheres, both from theoretical and methodological points of view. The strength of this publication is correlating [...]

L’actualité d’une pensée politique.

Castoriadis, Cornelius. 2015. La société bureaucratique, écrits politiques 1945-1997. Tome V. Paris : Sandre.

Christophe Premat | 24.05.2016

The reedition of Castoriadis’s political work is a real act of autonomy given the context of closure of the capitalistic and bureaucratic regimes. The book includes articles published by Castoriadis in the periodical Socialisme ou Barbarie at the end of the 1940s, and a series of later analyses of the evolution of the Russian regime. Writing on Russia is not just about describing the degenerescence of a political system; it is also a way of throwing light on the [...]

Habiter : Hortense fait tourner l’appareil.

Soichet, Hortense. 2016. Esperem ! Images d’un monde en soi. Paris : Créaphis.

Olivier Lazzarotti | 17.05.2016

The experience of « social photography » that has been led by the photographer Hortense Soichet and the Association d’éducation populaire auprès des femmes (GRAPh-CMI) of the gypsy town of Eperem, near Carcassonne, instigates a reflection on the concept of « dwelling » as reciprocal construction of the inhabitants and the world by revealing a part of the town’s dynamics. [...]

Méduse face à Gaïa.

Latour, Bruno. 2015. Face à Gaïa. Huit conférences sur le nouveau régime climatique. Paris : La Découverte.

Alexandre Rigal | 19.04.2016

This review describes the intellectual battle that Bruno Latour engages against the Moderns in his new book Face à Gaïa, huit conferences sur le nouveau régime climatique. He uses the icon of Gaia as a weapon since, in his eyes, she can revitalize the Earth by inviting us to modify our representations of the creatures that compose it. The Moderns need to take earthly beings more into account, but they lack access to them. This is why Latour includes [...]

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 [...]