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A Traverse gathers related articles addressing various debate topics.

Liesse, émeute et panique : enquête sur l’effervescence et la cristallisation des états publics de la foule. Peer review

Lucien DelleyLuca Pattaroni et Pascal Viot | 10.06.2020

This article questions the notion of effervescence in a crowd gathered during festive or sporting events. Starting from survey of the various theoretical construction of the crowd as an object of knowledge, we criticize conceptions that consider it as an irrational mental fusion and focus on what we propose to call the "public conditions" of the crowd, manifested by the emergence of accountable collective behaviours. Beyond the risks that are generally associated with it, a crowd is an opportunity [...]

Study inequalities in cycling mobility opportunities.

David Sayagh | 01.05.2020

Based on a doctoral thesis, this article aims to explore how to capture and report on the differentiated socializations that lead to inequalities in cycling mobility opportunities. This ambition has led to special methodological precautions (against the bias linked to social distance, memory failures, conscious omissions, the "sex of the survey", etc.) and to develop an analysis tool whose main advantage is its heuristic ability to reveal gendered dispositions underlying the strengthening of unequal opportunities. Finally, the approach justifies the [...]

Le rythme singulier et créatif de l’itinérance

Chiara Kirschner | 22.04.2020

The article uses the notion of rhythm to analyze the relationship between the individual and his environment in the mobile spatial practice of recreational wayfaring, which often leads to a decision to transform his life trajectory once returned back home, particularly when traveling for several weeks/months. The sensory experience, and in particular the kinesthetic experience (the sense of movement), integrating the environment, is the starting point of a a new conception of rhythm as a singular and creative tool [...]

The Prophets of Immanence.

Le coronavirus au prisme du néonaturalisme

Jacques Lévy | 18.04.2020

Within a pandemic process where unknown and novel realities can be numerous, some actors cannot help saying: “I told you so”. Among them, activists of the neo-naturalist current are seeking at all costs to connect this event to their common speeches. Inside this movement, Dominique Bourg et Bruno Latour have set themselves up as prophets of immanence. Immanence is a new religion that replaces ancient transcendent gods with a powerful, moralizing Nature and reduces the humans to weak and [...]

S’initier au merveilleux. Peer review

Contribution à une socio-anthropologie de l’enchantement à partir de l’étude comparée du « Gamarada » et de la « Communication animale intuitive ».

Robin Susswein et Edgar Tasia | 07.04.2020

Some emotionally intense “wonderful” experiences, which are particularly difficult to qualify by those who experience them, have been studied by sociology and anthropology as “enchantment experiences”. How to qualify this type of experiences? What circumstances can contribute to their emergence? Based on the ethnographic study of two initiatory practices (the “Gamarada” and the “Animal Intuitive Communication”), the authors underline the benefits and the limits of the heuristic model of the "technology of enchantment" built by Halloy and Servais. This [...]

Spatial Justice

Jean-Nicolas Fauchille | 20.03.2020

Une société juste. La réunion des termes justice et espace ne va pas de soi. En effet, les théories de la justice a-spatiales étaient considérées jusqu’à présent comme les seules auxquelles on avait recours pour répondre à la question : qu’est-ce qu’une société juste ? Savoir ce qu’est un espace juste ne faisait pour ainsi dire pas [...]

La justice spatiale prend place. Peer review

Jacques LévyAna Póvoas et Jean-Nicolas Fauchille | 23.01.2020

The book Théorie de la justice spatiale (2018) was published shortly before the outbreak of the political action of the Yellow Vests. The importance of the connections between space and justice in the public debate that followed shows that the spatial dimension of social life is now perceived in France as a component which cannot be reduced to others, more classic, like the economic and political dimensions. The concepts useful to think such a dimension, that the book advances, [...]

Ce dont on peut parler, il faut le dire. Peer review

Les mutations de l’espace politique et ses enjeux.

Jacques Lévy | 10.01.2020

The major shifts that affect every electoral maps of the West for some decades are crystal-clear and convergent. They make possible simple, formalized propositions. However, some works show a reluctance to embed these changes in these approaches, as our theories of space/politics interactions require significant reshuffles. These novel phenomena generate a disruption that a part of the academic world finds hard to assume. This justifies an overall epistemological reflection on how scientists can encompass novelty in their research practices. [...]

Sous le calque, la carte. Peer review

Denis Retaillé | 20.12.2019

The zenith view offered by the maps may have led to the oblivion of their sources : horizontal experiences of space through the practical and theoretical mastery of distance. This oblivion and the figurative object, received as a higher reality in the form of the trace, were instruments of power. But the profusion of sources that are now imposed by alternative channels calls into question the scientific exercise of cartography, forcing us to return to the horizontal dimension of [...]

Rythmes urbains et santé mentale. Peer review

Marc Winz | 28.11.2019

This essay proposes an exploratory reflection of the heuristic potential of the notion of rhythm, and more precisely that of urban rhythms – a reflection that allows us to examine the relationships between people diagnosed with schizophrenia and the urban environment. The article first proposes a short state of the art of the relationship between cities and psychosis. Then, a brief discussion of the definition and status of the notion of rhythm allows to propose the concept as a [...]