Pierre Bourdieu, in Pour un mouvement social européen,
Le Monde Diplomatique, juin 1999 — Pages 1, 16 et 17, aussi in Contre-feux 2, Raisons d'agir, 2001, p. 13-23

"L'histoire sociale enseigne qu'il n'y a pas de politique sociale sans un mouvement social capable de l'imposer ( et que ce n'est pas le marché, comme on tente de le faire croire aujourd'hui, mais le mouvement social qui a « civilisé » l'économie de marché, tout en contribuant grandement à son efficacité ). En conséquence, la question, pour tous ceux qui veulent réellement opposer une Europe sociale à une Europe des banques et de la monnaie, flanquée d'une Europe policière et pénitentiaire ( déjà très avancée ) et d'une Europe militaire ( conséquence probable de l'intervention au Kosovo ), est de savoir comment mobiliser les forces capables de parvenir à cette fin et à quelles instances demander ce travail de mobilisation. "


samedi 21 août 2010

à paraître: Jack Goody, LE VOL DE L'HISTOIRE

Jack Goody
LE VOL DE L'HISTOIRE
Comment l'Europe a imposé le récit de son passé au reste du monde

Traducteur: Fabienne Durand-Bogaert
Collection NRF Essais
Editions Gallimard
le 14/10/2010


L'auteur
L’anthropologue britannique Jack Goody est né en 1919. Parmi ses principaux ouvrages en français figurent La Raison graphique. La domestication de la pensée sauvage (Minuit, 1978), La culture des fleurs (Seuil, 1994), La famille en Europe (Seuil, 2001), L’islam en Europe. Histoire, échanges, conflits (La Découverte, 2004).



Jack Goody is one of the pre-eminent social scientists in the world.
Over the past half century his pioneering writings at the intersections of
anthropology, history, and social and cultural studies have made him one
of the most widely read, most widely cited, and most widely translated
scholars working today.
In The Theft of History Goody builds on his own previous work
(notably The East in the West) to extend further his highly influential
critique of what he sees as the pervasive Eurocentric, or Occidental-
ist, biases of so much western historical writing, and the consequent
‘theft’ by the west of the achievements of other cultures in the inven-
tion of (notably) democracy, capitalism, individualism, and love. This
argument will generate passionate debate, as his previous works have
done, and many will dissent from Goody’s perceptive conclusions. Few,
however, will be able to ignore the force of his thought, or the breadth
of knowledge brought to the discussion.
The Theft of History discusses a number of theorists in detail, includ-
ing Marx, Weber, and Norbert Elias, and engages with critical admira-
tion western historians like Fernand Braudel, Moses Finley, and Perry
Anderson. Many questions of method are raised in these discussions,
and Goody proposes a new comparative methodology for cross-cultural
analysis, one that gives a much more sophisticated basis for assessing
divergent historical outcomes, and replaces outmoded simple differ-
ences between, for example, the ‘backward East’ and the ‘inventive
West’.
Historians, anthropologists, social theorists, and cultural critics will
all find something of real value in The Theft of History. It will be a cat-
alyst for discussion of some of the most important conceptual issues
confronting western historians today, at a time when notions of ‘global
history’ are filtering into the historical mainstream for the first time.

jack goody is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology in the
University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John’s College. Recently
knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for services to anthropology, Pro-
fessor Goody has researched and taught all over the world, is a Fellow
of the British Academy, and in 1980 was made a Foreign Honorary
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 he
was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and he was elected
Commandeur des Arts et Lettres in 2006.

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