Société, modes de vie
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Dominique Anxo undertakes here a comparative study of the sexual distribution of time use (professional, domestic, parental) in France and Sweden. He argues that, even if there have been some changes in recent years, in both countries the division of tasks still has a strong sexual bias, with women still spending more time than men on domestic activities and parenting.
Nevertheless, Swedish couples turn out to be more egalitarian in the allocation of tasks than their French counterparts. Among the critical factors responsible for this, Anxo identifies the Swedish employment policy, which allows for a "negotiated flexibility" throughout the life cycle, as well as childcare arrangements for infants which he argues are key, since the presence of pre-school children (i.e. under 3 years old) plays a major role in determining how women organize their time, in both the home and their jobs. Lastly, this (slight) advantage of Sweden over France (and many other countries) as regards the sexual division of activities is also linked to the high level of education and salaries of women in Sweden: total household income and wide differentials in pay scales between men and women heighten the inequalities in this area.
As well as a vivid analysis of male/female disparities, Dominique Anxo therefore suggests some ways of reducing the highly unequal division of labour between the sexes.
Après avoir sondé les maires de communes rurales sur le phénomène des citadins actifs qui viennent s'installer à la campagne, Ipsos a mené une enquête "miroir" auprès des néo-ruraux afin d'avoir leur propre ressenti : opinions et attitudes des "néo-ruraux".
Gilbert Cette and Pavel Diev offer here a short survey of the various studies devoted to the impact of the reduction in working hours (RWH) on the way the French spend their time, as well as the main conclusions.
Overall, these studies show that the time released by the RWH is shared among the activities people usually engage in outside working hours, depending on characteristics such as gender, income, whether or not they have children... Women, for example, mostly spend this extra time on household tasks and personal care, whereas men tend to spend it on gardening and DIY. If they have children, those in paid employment spend more time on domestic tasks and/or leisure activities. The level of education appears to determine whether this extra time is spent on domestic chores rather than leisure or social activities.
Finally, the authors provide some interesting insights into the variables most likely to influence how this extra free time is spent by those who have gained it (by age, family situation, income, length of service in the firm, travel-to-work time, the manner of RWH, etc.).
Basing his analysis on surveys of time-use in France, Alain Chenu discusses the main trends in the use of time by people aged between 18 and 64 and living in urban areas over the period 1974-1999.
In essence, he shows that while half the day is spent on satisfying physiological needs, the other half is devoted to work (either in jobs or in education) -where the amount of time has fallen sharply, especially between 1974 and 1986- and to leisure, which has tended to increase. Chenu points out, however, that there is a clear difference between the sexes, although that is diminishing: in 1974, women spent three times longer on domestic tasks than men, whereas in 1998 they spent just under twice as much time; in 1974, men were responsible for 80 % more of paid work than women, but by 1998 this had fallen to around 50 %.
Chenu then examines the data broken down into more detailed categories and finds that some major changes have been observed: a fall in the time spent sewing, washing and dressing, cooking and looking after children, etc. By contrast, more time is spent on do-it-yourself tasks in the home, gardening and shopping, with (once again) obvious differences between men and women.
Lastly, Chenu notes how the way French people spend their time varies depending on their level of education and their income. This analysis reveals a quite sharp distinction between highly qualified people who are working harder and harder and the unskilled, who enjoy more leisure time but spend it in mostly passive ways, such as watching television.
Le prochain élargissement constitue pour l'Union européenne un événement aux dimensions politiques et institutionnelles sans précédent. L'écart de développement entre les Quinze et les futurs membres fait aussi de cette intégration une expérience économique originale. Mais les échanges sont déjà largement libéralisés et les investisseurs ont anticipé l'adhésion ; c'est donc moins à une concurrence massive concentrée sur quelques branches qu'il faut s'attendre qu'aux effets plus complexes de l'intégration des marchés. Les simulations ...
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Hiromasa Suzuki describes here the various changes since 1970 in how time is spent in Japan. After setting out the major changes that have occurred in lifestyles (quality of life, division of labour between the sexes, time spent on work, leisure, etc.), the author stresses two key trends in Japan: a reduction in so-called "constrained time" (mainly paid employment and housework) and greater diversity of lifestyles (a shift in the active day towards the evening, more varied schedules). He raises some questions to ponder about ways of adapting things like community services to these changes, but the big unknown remains how the Japanese will spend their increased leisure time in the future.
John Robinson has therefore analysed the daily routine of Americans and the changes that have occurred in their lives in recent decades. He then uses this information to compare France and the United States.
The trends in how time is divided between work, the family and leisure pursuits has changed little overall since the 1960s, and turn out to be remarkably similar in the two countries. Nevertheless certain changes can be observed: more women in paid work, less time spent on household tasks and caring for the family, men taking on a greater share of household tasks and a slight fall in the amount of time spent on personal care (washing, dressing, etc.). The greater leisure time available tends to be spent watching television and keeping fit.
While French and American trends usually run in parallel, they diverge in certain areas, in particular the non-productive aspects of life (meals, socializing, group activities) that increase the social capital of daily life. Unlike the Americans, the French prefer to spend their leisure time with other people even though, paradoxically, they spend less time with their children when they get older.
Basing his discussion on the national surveys of time-use in a dozen countries, Jonathan Gershuny argues that the changes in how time is spent every day reveal a general similarity among countries and between the sexes, although women still do more housework than men. He also shows that there has been a slight increase in the amount of time spent on paid work (and rising with level of education) and a slight fall in time spent on domestic chores.
Despite these trends, Gershuny stresses that there are potentially substantial differences from country to country, especially between those with long working hours, poor public services and where therefore there are big gender differences, and those with shorter working hours, better public services and where therefore gender differences are smaller.
From this he outlines a political economy of time, and argues that the time spent on paid work has an impact on how and which services are used. He ends by showing that "social democratic states tend towards high-value leisure service consumption, whereas liberal market states tend towards the low value pattern".
Même s'ils ont parfois du mal à le reconnaître, l'enquête Ipsos-Enfant Magazine montre que pour beaucoup de jeunes parents, la vie professionnelle empêche de vivre pleinement la vie familiale. Inversement, la vie familiale est souvent perçue comme un frein à l'épanouissement professionnel, surtout pour les femmes.
The Roman Catholic Church -with a billion followers, the world's largest faith community -is stepping up its efforts to make an impact internationally. Jérôme Montes analyses the main forces behind Vatican diplomacy.
The Pope, he says, has a key role: his perception of the world determines the behaviour of his Church, which must continue to spread its influence but also, in a more recent development, wield greater political authority. The Pope must therefore be involved on all fronts and give direction to his pontificate.
The job of the Vatican diplomatic service is to make his views heard abroad. Radios, newspapers, television stations and the Internet are all used to spread the Pope's influence. In addition to the media, the Pope's travels have a strong political dimension and give him an international platform to express his opposition to racism, injustice and conflict.
As well as normal diplomatic channels, the Vatican also relies on new networks of a wide range of non-governmental actors whose mission is to defend human rights in the Pope's name, and who provide a fitting means of developing informal diplomatic links until such time as the Vatican can be fully integrated into the United Nations Organization. Lastly, the Church is keen to foster the ecumenical movement and inter-faith dialogue, and this must remain an important branch of Vatican diplomacy.
Montes concludes that the next Pope will have to redefine the Church's position in the world and, like John Paul II, will have to be a travelling pontiff, visible internationally and able to capture the attention of the world media if he wishes to tackle the challenges of modern times and the rise of fundamentalist movements.
Si l'on se fie à l'intérêt manifesté par les Français au "tourisme éthique" - une part des bénéfices engrangés par l'industrie du tourisme dans les pays pauvres serait reversée pour des actions de développement durable - ce principe devrait se développer. Les personnes interrogées par Ipsos pour l'association " Tourism for Development " sont prêtes à privilégier les professionnels du tourisme labellisés "éthique", par principe, mais aussi parce qu'un tel label les rassurerait quant aux conditions d'accueil dans ...
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"If our bathwater was cloudy, stinking, coloured by effluents, the mistress of the house would be covered with shame. The same effluents (but worse) lurk in the stream that runs nearby. Yet there is not the same sense of humiliation!" Bernard Vaudour-Faguet highlights the striking paradox of our times: we are deeply conscious of the environment in our homes, but the willingness to intervene tends to fade away once we step outside.
To put it bluntly, the author is highly critical of the contrast between the extreme care about cleanliness in the home and the lack of concern about public spaces, open-air rubbish tips, oil spills and the like.
Even worse, he criticizes the ultimate absurdity of the process: "the products intended to cleanse our selfish little world pollute, disturb and kill the real world, the great outside of rivers, the land, the biosphere, life itself".
Le consultant Martin Cetron, président de Forecasting International, et le journaliste scientifique Owen Davies dressent dans cet article un tableau des grandes tendances à l'oeuvre dans les domaines économique, social, démographique et enfin environnemental, en les illustrant de faits qu'ils jugent significatifs, et en en dégageant les implications pour les décideurs. Selon eux, l'économie des pays développés continuera à croître dans les cinq prochaines années. Les États-Unis se sont remis du choc du 11 septembre 2001 en ...
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Engineering is no longer content with reducing physical effort or the life sciences with curing our bodies and increasing health. Together they are setting out to create copies of human beings and societies, to produce intelligent machines and, quite soon, human clones, copies of individuals or even perfect beings.
What is there, in that case, that is specifically human, that distinguishes us now from machines with artificial intelligence and that might in future distinguish human beings from the clones whose production seems unavoidable?
Victor Scardigli makes a sharp distinction between computer science and biotechnology, even though he notes that both are driven by irresistible forces, albeit at different speeds. He stresses the progress achieved in the field of artificial intelligence while at the same time emphasizing that the results can never be on a par with human intelligence, basically for three reasons: the extreme non-logical complexity of the human mind, intentionality, and the cultural and symbolic dimensions.
Scardigli is clearly far more worried about the advances in biotechnology, especially those that are already making it possible to produce clones of animals and that will undoubtedly lead to human cloning. Even though he insists that human beings cannot be reduced to - and therefore cannot be imitated by - thinking machines or a collection of specific genes, even though he acknowledges that individuals shape their identity through their own experiences which would differ from those of a clone, Victor Scardigli urges us to greater vigilance with regard to the progress of these technosciences, while stressing those features that, in his view, will remain peculiarly human.
En juin 2002, l'aménagement et la réduction du temps de travail (ARTT) concernait 62 % des salariés, soit 26 % de la population de 18 ans et plus. Quelle influence les 35 heures ont-elles eu, l'an dernier, sur les comportements de départs des Français ? Une étude du CRÉDOC, réalisée pour la Direction du Tourisme, Département de la Stratégie, fournit les premiers éléments de réponse : ce ne sont pas les effets de la loi en matière de voyages, de départs en ...
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L'INRA, Institut national de la recherche agronomique, a été créé en 1946 pour mettre la science au service de l'agriculture française afin de relever le défi de l'autonomie alimentaire. Depuis, cet objectif atteint et même largement dépassé, les domaines d'intervention de cet organisme n'ont cessé de s'élargir. Le moment était donc venu, particulièrement en amont de l'élaboration du prochain plan à moyen terme, de réfléchir aux grandes orientations à long terme de l ...
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Les quatre auteurs de ce dossier abordent chacun un aspect du clonage reproductif : psychanalytique pour Gérard Huber, qui imagine la société où cohabiteraient cloneurs, clonés et clones ; philosophique pour Grégory Bénichou, qui s'alarme de la fabrication d'« hommes jetables » ; scientifique pour Jacques Montagut, qui rappelle que la perspective de banalisation du clonage humain n'est pas pour demain ; et enfin juridique pour Hélène Gaumont Prat, qui évoque la possibilité d'une convention internationale prohibant le clonage reproductif.
Ce texte est une synthèse d'études consacrées aux aspirations, valeurs et craintes vis-à-vis de l'avenir des jeunes générations. Les générations X et Y désignent celles qui ont succédé à la génération du baby boom, soit les personnes nées entre 1960 et 1980 pour la génération X, et celles nées dans les années 1980 pour la génération Y. Les valeurs prêtées généralement à la génération X sont le matérialisme, le cynisme et le pessimisme. La génération Y compterait 70 ...
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Cette étude qualitative étudie les relations entre technologies de l'information et de la communication (TIC) et qualité de vie. Le discours dominant explique que la progression des premières tend obligatoirement à améliorer la seconde en passant par une meilleure productivité. Pourtant, il faudrait s'assurer que ces TIC se diffusent de manière bénéfique pour la société tout en satisfaisant les besoins fondamentaux de chacun et en s'intégrant dans la vie quotidienne. Car cette « domestication » n'est pas dénuée ...
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Ce chapitre est extrait du Rapport Vigie 2016 de Futuribles International, qui propose un panorama structuré des connaissances et des incertitudes des experts que l'association a mobilisés pour explorer les évolutions des 15 à 35 prochaines années sur 11 thématiques.