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L'environnement, domaine sociologique
La sociologie française au risque de l'environnement

Abstract : The recognition of the complexity of environmental phenomena and of their links with human activities is a major stake for sciences. This study proposes to explain how sociology can approach environmental thematics and what are the consequences of this opening from the point of view of intellectual traditions and national contexts.
The history of the links of sociology with the natural environment will first be retraced before analysing the foundations of the contemporary sociology of the environment and its main contemporary developments. One will retail the recent institutionalisation of the field in France, notably made visible by its outer characters. The claiming of a sociological approach of the environment has been limited, in this country, by the ascendancy of a sociology traditionally dedicated to the strictly social realities, but also to an appropriation of the environment by the governmental and research policies.
This analysis makes of this case study a real investigation of science sociology and recalls the necessity to think science as an institutionalisation of cognitive activity. Besides, this research encourages to take in account the effects of environmental sociology on the structure of sciences itself. The ancient carving between natural and social sciences will be shaded in order to introduce another comprehension of the relation between the ecological and sociological phenomena encouraging the treatment of social, natural and environmental realities and of their reciprocal actions.
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Philippe Boudes. L'environnement, domaine sociologique
La sociologie française au risque de l'environnement. Sociologie. Université Victor Segalen - Bordeaux II, 2008. Français. ⟨tel-00293000⟩



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