Société, modes de vie

Cette page regroupe l'ensemble des publications de Futuribles sur cette thématique (Vigie, revue, bibliographie, études, etc.)

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Société, modes de vie

Quelques paradoxes de la modernité religieuse. Crise de l’universel, planétarisation culturelle et renforcements communautaires

The need to believe has not disappeared, perhaps quite the opposite, but it is related less and less to the creeds of established religions.
Danièle Hervieu-Léger argues that we are witnessing a combination, on the one hand, of belief becoming more individualized and subjective and, on the other, of organized systems of religious belief being "deregulated". Each individual therefore expects to do things his own way, to put together his own version of the truth by drawing on an ever-expanding supply of symbols, albeit not without its constraints, but nevertheless freeing himself from family background and from the specific context in which these symbols were created.
Curiously, however, the more that belief becomes a matter for the individual, the more homogeneous it becomes. The writer indeed argues that, as people abandon the major belief systems of the past and develop their own little belief systems "reduced to affects", there is an increasing standardization of spiritual products, as the extreme personalization of beliefs ultimately generates only marginal differences.
Furthermore, Danièle Hervieu-Léger adds, the more belief is homogeneous, the more mobile the believers become. They move around, "borrowing from the range of available materials and knitting them together as they go along into their own mass of meanings", as well as making the most of the enormous growth of communications which now allows easy access to the most disparate sources of beliefs.
Yet, paradoxically, the more beliefs become homogeneous and believers move around, and the wider the gulf between their beliefs and their group membership, the greater their need to belong to a community. "The collapse of the major institutionalized systems of truth leaves individuals somewhat bewildered." Because they no longer have the "minimum degree of certainty" that they need, they are at risk of taking refuge in the future in new closed systems of thought.

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Société, modes de vie

Vers un marché du religieux ?

If "modernity" had to be defined as the rise of reason at the expense of religious beliefs (by the great victory of individualism over institutions representing norms that transcend individual conscience), then this phase can now be said to be over. True, the Church is not what it was, but its decline has by no means led to a decline in belief. On the contrary, belief is growing and diversifyng.
Gérard Donnadieu argues that this is because we have reached the phase of "ultramodernity", which is marked, first, by doubts about progress, science, religion as a system and, at the same time, by the growth of beliefs of all sorts; and secondly, by individualism, which therefore means the questioning of all absolute authority and the search instead, everyone for himself, for beliefs that will allow the individual to satisfy his desires and interests.
From this starting point, the author sets out to describe the "new landscape of belief", making use of the metaphor of the market to do so. He shows first that demand, far from diminishing, is fragmenting and becoming more diverse, depending on whether individuals are looking for material, social, moral, psychological or spiritual benefits. At the same time, supply is also becoming more differentiated, the Church has lost its monopoly, and there is a proliferation of extremely varied practices, some more structured than others. In such a competitive situation, the only successful strategies exploit niche opportunities, offering new entrepreneurs (healers, witchdoctors, clairvoyants) new openings.
In the highly competitive market of beliefs, what strategies should the main actors therefore adopt? In conclusion, Gérard Donnadieu outlines three scenarios:
-The "obsolescence" of products and institutions that used to represent the great religions; this would usually tend to generate reactions in the form of either "stiffening identities" or seeking ways of adapting.
-"Visionary transformation", which may be productive in the short term but very risky in the longer term.
-"Segmentation and diversification" which means, just as in industry, developing a much more varied range of products tailored to suit each segment of the clientèle...
In short, Donnadieu concludes, although the market analogy has its limits, it is nevertheless the case that the same laws apply today to the churches if they wish to achieve their goals.

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Société, modes de vie

Les Français et les loisirs

Menée pour l'un des principaux groupes français de presse magazine, cette étude a permis de donner une photographie économique et sociétale des Français face au temps de loisirs et aux activités de loisirs. Elle s'est appuyée sur l'exploitation de diverses sources statistiques publiques dont les enquêtes récurrentes « Emploi du temps » et « Budget des familles » de l'INSEE (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques), et l'enquête « Pratiques culturelles » du ministère de la Culture, ainsi ...

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Société, modes de vie

La Famille en miettes : essai sur le nouveau désordre familial

On ne parle plus aujourd'hui de la famille mais des familles, dans leurs multiples formes : familles monoparentales, recomposées, de « cœur » (adoption), « bioéthiques » (issues de la procréation médicalement assistée) ou encore cohabitantes....C'est en effet une « gigantesque pagaille » qui affecte ce « jardin à la française » qu'était la famille il y a encore peu de temps. Jean-Michel Gaillard revient sur l'émergence de ce lieu privilégié de l'intimité à partir de la Renaissance et explique comment la famille ...

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Société, modes de vie

Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger of Disappearing

Bien que le phénomène des langues en péril soit connu, son étude systématique au niveau mondial est récente. Ce livre expose de manière concise le processus par lequel les langues deviennent menacées et rend compte des efforts entrepris par la communauté scientifique, en coopération avec l'Unesco, pour recenser ces langues et les rentrer dans une base de données. L'étude présente également un atlas des langues en péril identifiées à ce jour.

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Société, modes de vie

L’essor des croyances parallèles

Over the last two decades there has been a marked rise in alternative belief systems. Guy Michelat analyses this phenomenon, drawing on studies that he has made in collaboration with Daniel Boy, and he offers several observations.
According to his findings, women are more likely to be believers than men; the younger the age-group, the greater the belief in the paranormal; and, by contrast with astrology, belief in the paranormal is not uncommon among those who have gone on to higher education.
Furthermore, while 81% of French people think that scientific advances lead to progress, 51% of them agree with the idea that science will never be able to explain everything. For many people, the "parasciences" will in the future be accepted as science. There is a desire, on the one hand, to legitimize the supernatural through science and, on the other, to cultivate the charm and mystery of alternative beliefs.
In addition, although belief in the paranormal has increased as Roman Catholicism has declined, the new beliefs are not opposed to religious beliefs, and are even more often found among those who believe in God and an afterlife.
Finally, in hoping for rational explanations, people resort to parascientific beliefs -in an odd twist of modernity and the spread of the ideology of progress. This magical knowledge, far removed from scientific rigour, soothes their fears about death and provides psychological and emotional support. People are most likely to resort to the paranormal where there is anomie, with the concomitant vulnerability, poor social and work relationships, fear of the future and loneliness.
Guy Michelat concludes by saying that, just when "off the peg" collective belief systems are declining and traditional points of reference are disappearing, people are acquiring greater freedom (and with it, greater anxiety), so that they seek personal solutions as a substitute for the major belief systems of the past.

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Institutions - Société, modes de vie

Les Croisés de la société fermée. L’Europe des extrêmes droites

Fruit d'un séminaire de l'Association française de science politique, ce livre est une somme monumentale de 426 pages denses, écrites par une vingtaine de spécialistes reconnus, français et étrangers, sous la houlette de Pascal Perrineau, professeur de science politique à l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris et directeur du Centre d'étude de la vie politique française (Cévipof). La question centrale du livre consiste à expliquer les phénomènes de montée de l'extrême droite que l'on ...

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Société, modes de vie - Territoires, réseaux

Prospective générationnelle des comportements des voyageurs internationaux d’ici 2020 en Allemagne en France et au Royaume-Uni

Réalisation d'une analyse prospective des clientèles internationales touristiques en provenance d'Allemagne, de France et du Royaume Uni à partir d'une démarche générationnelle à l'horizon 2020

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Recherche, sciences, techniques - Société, modes de vie

La Société technicienne des origines à nos jours

On a certainement plus parlé dans les livres d'histoire et de politique de Napoléon que de James Watt. Il n'est pas sûr que ce choix ait permis à bien des générations de comprendre la société dans laquelle elles évoluaient. Désormais, ne serait-ce qu'en raison des défis de l'environnement, on s'intéresse enfin à la société technicienne, à ses origines, à ses caractéristiques. L'ouvrage de Jean Parent et Sabine Sépari a deux mérites. Il est clair ...

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Société, modes de vie

Première Biennale du futur. Vie quotidienne : des vécus aux souhaitables

C'est à un exercice d'intelligence collective qu'a invité cette première biennale afin de revivifier la culture prospective, en favorisant le dialogue entre tous les acteurs concernés : État, administrations, partenaires sociaux, collectivités territoriales, entreprises, chercheurs, universités... La démarche part des personnes (sondages sur la perception du futur, présentation de l'enquête Valeurs) pour ensuite élargir le débat au cours de tables rondes et d'ateliers sur des initiatives citoyennes permettant d'améliorer la vie quotidienne. Cette approche très ...

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Économie, emploi - Société, modes de vie

Rapport moral sur l’argent dans le monde en 2001

Pour son huitième rapport moral sur l'argent dans le monde, l'Association d'économie financière a choisi de revenir sur quatre grands thèmes qui ont marqué le monde de la finance durant l'année 2000-2001. Sur fond de crise majeure des relations internationales et de remise en cause radicale du système financier mondial provoquée par les attentats du 11 septembre 2001, les auteurs se sont tout d'abord penchés sur les enjeux de l'économie mondialisée. Dans cette première ...

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Société, modes de vie - Territoires, réseaux

Tourism 2020 Vision - Americas

This newly released report: Tourism 2020 Vision - Americas continues WTO's programme in the field of forecast studies. This regional volume on Americas is divided into three parts. Part one examines the development of tourism in Americas in the first half of the 1990s, analyzing especially the key factors which determined American prospects. The second part deals with the various determinants governing the forecast to the year 2020, while the third part presents the forecasts themselves taking as well into ...

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Société, modes de vie

L’éthique : sources et praxis

In an interview with Futuribles, Marcel Gauchet shows us how open and surprising historical developments can be.
First of all, he says, our world is disenchanted, increasingly leaving matters to human beings to exercise power over themselves, and individual conscience to act as absolute arbiter in ethical and moral decision-making. Democracy and the secularization of religions is making Western culture both more self-confident about its values and more uncertain of how to function, which raises considerable problems. While our society does still have a minimum in the way of shared references, there is constant debate about how to apply them.
Next, he says, the modern times in which we live are marked by a weakening of the social authority of the churches which, conversely, are gaining moral authority. Society no longer expects from them the power to forbid and to coerce individual consciences, but asks instead that they shed light on the questions and dilemmas people are facing. Will they be able to fulfil these expectations better than the secular approach has been able to do?
Finally, he adds, one of the main issues facing the contemporary world is upbringing, what will human beings become? If there is no longer any tradition or superior authority, how should ethical and moral principles be acquired? The family no longer appears to be the transmitter of tradition. Will the school provide training? Or will religion take over this important role?
We are, concludes Marcel Gauchet, facing a situation without precedent in human history.

Chapitre Société, modes de vie

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.