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On Halbwachs's Sociology of Knowledge Program

The Two Hidden Categories of ‘La doctrine d'Émile Durkheim’

Jean-Christophe Marcel


‘La doctrine d'Émile Durkheim’, sheds light on the intellectual connection between Durkheim and Halbwachs. Halbwachs agrees with Durkheim that knowledge consists of a set of classifications whose origin is social, and that evolution moves from totemic classifications to spatial classifications and contemporary conceptual thinking, but without much knowledge of the passage from the second to the third stage of this evolution. Halbwachs sketches, as a complement, an element of response to fill this void, and in doing so, announces his future work. To the categories of thought studied by Durkheim, he adds those of change and of the individual, which he will use in his later works to explain the movement of civilization. In doing so, he proves his involvement in developing the durkheimian program onsociology of knowledge.

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Urooj Akailvi


This article analyzes the means of self-representation, the conflicts between self/other, and the conscious and unconscious quest for identity by the writer. It attempts to understand travel narratives as being about the journey undertaken in a quest for identity by the traveler/writer, wherein apart from the physical journey of the author the emphasis is laid on the emotional and psychological journey within the author.

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Jean-Pierre Digard

Abstract: The consumption of meat depends first of all on religious prescripts: unlike Christianity, Judaism and Islam prohibit certain meats. Then comes the cultural status (distinct from the legal status) of animals: in Europe, the consumption of rabbits has declined due to his assimilation to a “pet”. After an increase in the post Second World War period, meat consumption has been declining in Europe since the 2000s; similarly, in North Africa and the Middle East, its consumption tends to be closer to that of Europe. These fluctuations owe more to changes in living modes and standards than to animalist activism.

Résumé : La consommation carnée dépend d’abord de prescriptions religieuses : à la différence du christianisme, le judaïsme et l’islam interdisent certaines viandes. Vient ensuite le statut culturel (distinct du statut légal) des animaux : en Europe, la consommation du lapin a reculé du fait de son assimilation à un « animal de compagnie ». En Europe toujours, après une hausse après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, la consommation carnée diminue depuis les années 2000 ; à l’inverse, en Afrique du Nord et au Moyen-Orient, elle tend à se rapprocher de celle de l’Europe. Ces fluctuations doivent davantage à l’évolution des genres et des niveaux de vie qu’au militantisme animaliste.

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‘Rates of Exchange’ Rather than Intellectual Exchanges

An Unknown Correspondence between Marcel Mauss and Victor Branford (1923–24) about the Franco-British Relationship in Interwar Sociology

Baudry Rocquin


The newly found exchange of letters between Marcel Mauss and Victor Branford dated 1926 testifies to the active exchanges between both their traditions. Durkheimian sociology owed a great deal to the Branford-Geddes network of colleagues across the Channel, not less than a funding of the republication of their iconic journal, the Année sociologique. On the other hand, Branford was far from apologetic about his own tradition of thought and even went as far as to criticize the Institut Français de Sociologie in the 1920s. All this shows the enduring links between both countries in the field of sociology, contrary to what has often been held.


Un nouvel échange de lettres entre Marcel Mauss et le sociologue britannique Victor Branford daté de 1926 a été retrouvé. Il dépeint les relations actives qui existèrent entre deux traditions qu'on a souvent l'habitude d'opposer. Or, il faut noter que c'est grâce au financement par le réseau de Branford et Geddes que Mauss parvint à reprendre la publication de l'Année sociologique en France. De son côté, Branford ne se prive pas d'adresser quelques piques à ses collègues durkheimiens orthodoxes à l'Institut Français de Sociologie dans les années 20. Tout cela montre la force des liens qui unissent les deux pays en sociologie, contrairement à ce qu'on lit souvent.

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Sonia Mlayah Hamzaoui

Abstract: This study focuses on the analysis of eating practices rituals during the different phases of the Tunisian funeral rite. It is based on direct surveys, collected from resource people from different regions of Tunisia as well as on participant observation established on mourning families and relatives. The objective of this study is to highlight the diverse nature of these eating practices compared to Tunisian everyday life, to understand their meaning and the symbolism that they underlie and to appreciate the extent of the changes they have undergone. Field surveys have allowed us to analyse these eating practices rituals according to the objectives that the community seeks to achieve through their observation.

Résumé : Cet article porte sur l’analyse des pratiques alimentaires rituelles au cours des différentes phases du rite funéraire tunisien. Elle est basée sur des enquêtes directes auprès de personnes ressources de différentes régions de Tunisie ainsi que sur l’observation participante à des deuils familiaux et de proches. L’objectif de cette étude est de faire ressortir le caractère exceptionnel de ces pratiques alimentaires par rapport au quotidien tunisien, de saisir leur sens et la symbolique qu’elles sous-tendent et d’apprécier l’ampleur des changements qu’elles ont subis. Les enquêtes de terrain nous ont permis de classer ces pratiques alimentaires rituelles en fonction des objectifs que la communauté cherche à atteindre à travers leur observation.

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Sortir Manger / Eating Out

Les pique-niques des ouvrières du textile au Maroc dans les espaces publics / Female Textile Workers' Picnics in Moroccan Public Open Spaces

Gaëlle Gillot

Abstract: Textile workers in Morocco are a vulnerable group. Subjected to exhausting working conditions, poorly paid, often poorly nourished, their lives are structured around working and cooking. Although they say have no leisure activities, they often eat outside. Picnics provide good opportunities for relaxation and above all allow them to make themselves visible throughout the city. This practice gives the textile workers of Rabat and Tangier an experience of urbanness that allows them to appropriate the whole city, to take their time, and to exist as city dwellers. This article is based on a survey carried out as part of an IRD program from 2012 to 2018.

Résumé : Les ouvrières du textile au Maroc constituent une population vulnérable. Soumises à des conditions de travail épuisantes, mal payées, souvent mal nourries, leurs journées sont rythmées par le travail et les repas. Si elles ne se reconnaissent aucun loisir, elles sortent pourtant souvent manger à l’extérieur. Les pique-niques sont des moments privilégiés de détente et surtout ils permettent de se déployer dans la ville et de se rendre visibles. Grâce à cette pratique, les ouvrières du textile de Rabat et Tanger expérimentent une urbanité qui leur permet de s’approprier toute la ville, de prendre leur temps et d’exister en tant que citadines. Cet article repose sur une enquête menée dans le cadre d’un programme IRD de 2012 à 2018.

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Ståle Knudsen, Ingrid Birce Müftüoğlu, and Isabelle Hugøy


Through a multi-sited study of the Norwegian state-owned renewable energy corporation Statkraft, this article explores how the increasing embedding of corporate social responsibility in international guidelines impacts the way responsibility is handled when large energy corporations operate overseas. Focusing on one of Statkraft's projects in Turkey, we detail how standards are used to guide both operations in the field and external reporting, in the process distancing the corporation from its Norwegian origin. We argue that the application of standards results in much less standardization than is often assumed. “Stories” become as important for reporting as standards, and the elusive figure of the “stakeholder” plays an important role in holding together the heterogeneous field of corporate responsibility.

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Symbolizing Destruction

Environmental Activism, Moral Shocks, and the Coal Industry

Alison E. Adams, Thomas E. Shriver, and Landen Longest


Emotions can play an important role in the perception of grievances, yet we know little about how environmentalists strategically utilize emotions to bolster activism and garner support. Drawing on social movement and environmental sociological research, we analyze how moral shocks can be used to mobilize activists against environmentally destructive activities. We study the case of Libkovice, Czech Republic, where environmentalists battled against the coal industry to save a city from being razed to access coal reserves. The data come from in-depth interviews, organizational and documentary video, and archival documents. Findings indicate that environmentalists drew upon symbols of destruction, such as threats to the local church, to fuel anger and mobilize the campaign. Results show how symbolic environmental campaigns can serve as beacons for future protest.

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To travel is to Look, to Look is to Relate

Identity and Otherness in the Account of Otto Nordenskjöld (1902)

Eduardo Gallegos and Jaime Otazo


Generally, analyzes of Otto Nordenskjöld's trip to the Antarctic (1901-1904) ignore the preparations that required a previous trip to Chilean-Argentine Patagonia (1894-1897). Even more, these analyzes forget the Colonial dimension of this expedition. This paper intends to fill this void considering for the analysis two images present in the Swedish travel story. The concept of iconology is proposed here as a link between the image (icons) and the story (logos). The aim is to analyze the iconology to discuss the meaningful configuration of an identity gaze—the Europeans—and a gaze on the otherness—the indigenous. The results show that in the iconology presented in the story and in the images, appear paradoxical elements that allow questioning the relevance of the identity-alterity dichotomy through the appearance of third spaces.

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Transculturality in higher education

Supporting students’ experiences through praxis

Heidi A. Smith

One way in which higher education has responded to globalisation and the emergence of transculturality has been to expand its focus on internationalisation at an unprecedented rate. Traditionally this occurred through international students and their contact with local students. A longitudinal case study into the student experience of transculturality in the Erasmus Mundus Transcultural European Outdoor Studies Masters programme found transcultural self-growth and transcultural capabilities of resilience, intelligence and the ability to work through fatigue to be central to their experience. Using Kemmis and Smith’s (2008a) themes related to praxis (doing, morally committed action, reflexivity, connection, concreteness and a process of becoming) this theoretical article explores the place of critical transcultural pedagogical praxis in supporting transcultural learning experiences of higher education students.