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In the air

The In the air heading gathers texts about the social sciences in their current state and context.

Dylan et Trump dirigent maintenant l’Amérique

Hervé Regnauld | 20.01.2017

Comment est-il possible qu’un rocker sur le déclin, un rocker qui a alterné entre le politiquement incorrect et la religiosité la plus confite, un rocker qui ne fait jamais un bis dans ses concerts… puisse se voir attribuer la même récompense que Thomas Mann, Doris Lessing ou Gabriel García Márquez ? Comment est-il possible qu’un personnage inculte, vulgaire, macho, méprisant, vaguement truand quant à ses impôts, religieusement hypocrite avec son vice-président, Mike Pence… gagne les voix d’une majorité d’Américains [...]

Penser ou dire non ?

Joseph Morsel | 06.10.2016

The ongoing debate among « orthodox » and « heterodox » economists, in which the latter's positions were branded an « economic negationism », is also an opportunity to recall, from afar and more broadly, the scientific requirement to dismiss the dominant paradigms, the delusional nature of an epistemological gap between exact and social sciences, and the imperative need to distinguish between scientific and academic issues ; which implies to consider not only that the debate is morally and [...]

Transitory cultures.

Spaces of migration.

Emilie Da Lage et Marc Dumont | 05.05.2016

Europe is going through a crisis that the media present as major, the so-called “migrant” or “refugee crisis”. With the terrorist attacks, the numerous wars in the Near East and Middle East, and a World in which instability has become the rule, European societies are compelled to think about how to welcome migrants and offer [...]

La science du social à l’épreuve d’un événement politique.

Comment interpréter la progression du Front national en France ?

Jacques Lévy | 17.12.2015

On a beaucoup parlé de la demande formulée par le Premier ministre japonais en septembre dernier de fermer les départements de sciences sociales des universités, à ses yeux inutiles. À quoi sert et peut servir la science du social ? Répondre à cette question demanderait une analyse sérieuse, sans a priori. Je voudrais seulement mettre à [...]

L’homme (donc le social) a de nouveau son musée.

Christian Grataloup | 29.10.2015

Giving a new life to the Museum of Man in Paris has been a political and epistemological decision. The choice of assuming the past of anthropology is in dialogue with the future perspectives of globalisation. The Human Rights Esplanade has become a good place to surpass the nature/society dilemma. [...]

Deleuze bashing.

Hervé Regnauld | 28.04.2015

Social sciences sometimes quote philosophers in order to provide a basis for their theories. They quote Gilles Deleuze very often, but Deleuze says that he doesn’t care about being coherent. So why should socials science care about philosophy ? [...]

Patrolling TripAdvisor: Re-purposing large data-sets in Tourism research.

Gaël ChareyronSaskia CousinJérôme Da-Rugna et Sébastien Jacquot | 29.08.2014

From the beaches of Costa Rica to the Beauval Zoo or the Royal Palaces of Abomey, making and breaking the e-reputation of restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions, TripAdvisor has become an essential tool for millions of tourists. With 125 million reviews/comments and 57 million members, TripAdvisor publicises itself as « the world’s largest travel site » and [...]

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 [...]

The future of scientific journals.

Igor Moullier | 23.04.2013

On the occasion of its one hundredth issue (“Faire des sciences sociales du politique”, Politix, 100, 2012/4), the journal Politix offers a series of retrospective points of view following three contributions: one by two members of the journal’s committee, the other two from outside contributors, Pierre Favre and Michel Offerlé. These different points of view [...]

The Philosophers’ Trial and the Sinification of Hungary.

Pál Nyíri | 18.02.2013

Orbán Viktor, the prime minister of Hungary, is planning to visit China this spring. His visit will come a year after the criminal investigation against Agnes Heller — the best-known living Hungarian philosopher — and several colleagues in philosophy and history for possible embezzlement was dismissed for ” lack of crime” of research grants following what the [...]