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L’œuvre d'art comme outil de lecture de la sociologie. Relire Goffman à partir de quelques pièces de Pina Bausch.

Abstract : Works of art remain a problematic object for sociology, yet they nourish the thoughts of sociologists and, in a variable way, the processes of knowledge that these researchers devote to other objects of study. Occasionally, turning the works of art into a precious analyzer of what escapes from gaze of science allows them to examine their own paradigms, methods and concepts. In that case, some evoke the possibility of building a fertile epistemological partnership between art and sociology, a partnership whose challenges are opened and methods yet to be explored and questioned in the same movement. This is the path I have chosen to follow, by exploring the way in which the work of Pina Bausch could help me to reread that of Erving Goffman. Goffman's sociology is often associated with the analogies that the author elaborates to analyze face-to-face interactions – the dramaturgic metaphor that he develops in The Presentation of the Self being the best known. As for Pina Bausch, she became famous as a choreographer by experimenting, in her plays, with different kinds of continuities between the ordinary performances of the interactant and the feats one would expect from an actor on stage. I have considered this “dramaturgic amalgam” as a borderline object of Goffman's metaphors, an object able to set these conceptual devices in motion and put them to a test, in an unusual and fruitful way. Based upon three plays of Bausch, Kontakthof, 1980 and Walzer, this analytical experiment enabled me to explore and analyze the complexity of the Goffmanian text and, following this exploration, to defend the possibility of using art as a reading tool for sociology and the sociological writing.
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Cécile Léonardi. L’œuvre d'art comme outil de lecture de la sociologie. Relire Goffman à partir de quelques pièces de Pina Bausch.. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. EHESS - Paris, 2015. Français. ⟨tel-03183777⟩



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