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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Entreprises, travail - Société, modes de vie

L’Eschatologie

L'eschatologie a quelque rapport avec la prospective par le biais du long terme, puisqu'en tant que « réflexion sur la fin ou les fins de l'histoire », elle s'intéresse à la fin des temps et vise donc un horizon insurpassable quant à l'éloignement ! Poursuivons l'analogie et notons que les eschatologues (population très mêlée puisque Saint Jean et Joachim de Flore y côtoient n'importe quel gourou de secte) se préoccupent des faits porteurs d'avenir : pour ...

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Institutions - Société, modes de vie

Les Racismes ordinaires

Cet ouvrage fait le point sur les nouvelles formes du racisme aujourd'hui. Par racismes ordinaires, l'auteur entend la banalisation actuelle, en France, des propos et attitudes racistes et la multiplication des préjugés à l'encontre des immigrés. Elle estime qu'une sorte de droit à la différence est en passe de s'installer dans ce pays, et se traduit par un phénomène simultané d'exclusion et de repli identitaire pseudo-ethnique. L'ouvrage cherche donc à comprendre comment cela ...

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Société, modes de vie

La Culture, un besoin d’État

Inventer une politique de la culture capable de retisser un véritable lien civique en France : tel est le défi que l'auteur nous assigne. L'auteur constate que l'intervention de la sphère politique dans le champ culturel est aujourd'hui l'objet d'un quasi-consensus, résultat de l'impulsion sans précédent donnée aux secteurs artistiques et culturels depuis deux décennies. Cette impulsion perpétue l'héritage de la Révolution française qui fait d'une instruction et d'une culture démocratiquement ...

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Économie, emploi - Société, modes de vie

Le Segunda Muerte de Bolivar… y el Renacer de Venezuela

S'inscrivant dans le contexte de crise que connaît actuellement le Venezuela, José Luis Cordeiro (à la fois ingénieur, chercheur, économiste et consultant) dresse un état des lieux de ce pays. La crise (« deuxième mort du Bolívar », la monnaie nationale) s'est traduite par une hyperinflation et la stagnation, sinon la régression, des revenus de la plupart des Vénézuéliens. Pourtant ce pays disposait, selon lui, d'un des meilleurs potentiels du continent latino-américain. Il s'efforce donc dans la première ...

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Société, modes de vie

Préliminaires à une prospective des religions

Dans cet essai, Thierry Gaudin opère une investigation historique sur l'évolution des religions afin de poser les bases d'une étude prospective. Considérées comme procédant de révélations transcendantes, les religions semblent échapper à toute prévision ; cependant, il est aisé de constater qu'elles évoluent avec le temps. C'est cette évolution que l'auteur retrace en tâchant de déceler des constantes dans le rapport entre spiritualité et civilisation à l'échelle planétaire. Il est manifeste que la spiritualité est ...

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Économie, emploi - Société, modes de vie

Rapporto annuale. La situazione del Paese nel 1997

Participation du pays à la monnaie unique européenne, accélération de la croissance économique (le PNB - produit national brut - a augmenté de 1,5 %), augmentation de la consommation (2,4 % par rapport à 1996), assainissement de la finance publique, conditions de stabilité politique sont les acquis positifs de l'Italie en 1997. Cependant, le chômage et la pauvreté sont les causes principales d'un malaise chez les individus et les familles. 22 % des familles italiennes sont pauvres, 70 % de ces familles ...

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Société, modes de vie

La Rationalité des valeurs

L'ensemble des auteurs, philosophes et sociologues, dont les contributions sont réunies dans cet ouvrage sont d'accord sur un point : la modernité se caractérise par une distinction de principe entre le réel et le rationnel ou encore les faits et les valeurs. Faut-il pour autant dénier toute rationalité aux valeurs et réserver pour les faits une approche en termes de vérité scientifique ? Les enjeux sont importants au plan philosophique mais aussi dans les domaines de l'éthique, du droit ...

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Société, modes de vie

Les chemins du bénévolat

The Roads of Voluntarism
Beware of fashionable slogans, for example, "Full employment is over; Long live full activity!" or the notion that volunteer work (which some say is another word for moonlighting) supplies deficiencies or cracks in the market and the State:
- by assuring activity to the unemployed,
- by filling social needs not covered by marketed or unmarketed services.
Lionel Prouteau warns us against the easy inference that these volunteer activities should be encouraged by concessions, subsidies and tax breaks.
First point: Volunteers are not primarily those who have time on their hands, such as retired persons and the unemployed. They come mainly from the "upwardly mobile" who already enjoy not only social status but even a substantial competence. This raises the question of their motivation.
Prouteau acknowledges that a concern to satisfy some needs (including those felt by the volunteers themselves) is in first place, followed by the desire to forge closer social links and to feel some satisfaction in the recognition of their skills. This is obvious since most volunteers are university graduates, socially well-integrated. In brief, they are recruited mainly from among those who run the system rather than those who have been excluded from it.
This is not to deny the social utility of voluntarism. Prouteau's intent is quite to the contrary. We must nevertheless understand that the primary motivation of the volunteer is self-promotion. The gift elicits a counter-gift, he writes, but we should not mistake its nature: the reward is recognition in lieu of remuneration. This means that any underwriting of the costs of managing and developing the volunteer sector must be done with dexterity and subtlety, for "any drift toward monetary compensation, direct or indirect, would risk weakening the basis of commitment".
In other words, let us applaud voluntarism. But we should not expect these activities to reduce unemployment or be regarded merely as jobs.

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Géopolitique - Société, modes de vie

Les civilisations et l’avenir du monde

Civilizations and the Future of the World
Readers of Futuribles are doubtless familiar with Samuel P. Huntington's thesis (The Clash of Civilizations) that the end of the Cold War and its ideological conflicts is not a signal of the end of history (Francis Fukuyama) but of mounting tensions, even confrontations, between civilizations.
Pierre Béhar shows, however, that Huntington's definition of civilization and his identification of six major regions, mainly on the basis of territory and religion, are simplistic caricatures. In the first place, the Occident is not an homogeneous entity; there have been fertile exchanges throughout history between Europe and the Islamic countries of the Middle East.
According to Béhar, Huntington's thesis is a by-product of American hegemonic will, frustrated by the rise of multi-culturalism on its own territory.

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Institutions - Population - Société, modes de vie

Allocations familiales en suspens

En France, par comparaison avec la situation qui prévaut dans les autres pays européens, l'effort financier en direction des familles est important. Hors le fait qu'il ne bénéficie toujours pas aux familles à enfant unique et aux familles ne comptant plus que des enfants devenus trop grands, cet engagement de la collectivité nationale est cependant relativement moins élevé que par le passé. Si elle devait aboutir, la proposition du Gouvernement français d'exclure du bénéfice des allocations familiales ...

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Économie, emploi - Institutions - Société, modes de vie

Mondialisation et inégalités

La mondialisation est un phénomène aux dimensions multiples, symboliques, réelles et idéologiques. Au plan symbolique, elle renvoie au déclin relatif des pays riches et, en ce sens, constitue une bonne nouvelle puisqu'elle signifie que les pays pauvres se développent. Au plan réel, la mondialisation joue dans deux sens opposés : la globalisation financière accroît les inégalités entre les profits et les salaires, tandis que la globalisation des marchés, elle, accroît les inégalités de salaire (et d'emploi) entre les personnes ...

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Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Société, modes de vie

Universalisme moral et tri économique

Who Are We? Universal Ethics and Economic Triage
UNESCO took the happy step a few years ago of organizing philosophic forums around questions which are elementary on the surface, but which always give rise to passionate debates between philosophers and historians, and, more generally, between exact scientists and humanists. One such question is "who are we?"
The second of these philosophic forums was hosted by UNESCO in Paris from the 27th to the 30th of March in 1996. The question at issue was the status of moral universalism at the end of the 20th century. We inherited this great idea from the era of enlightenment, but it is now threatened by economic globalization, disintegration of the public domain, the loss of collective referents and fiercely competitive individualism. The combination puts at risk the universal human values on which our societies are founded.
Richard Rorty, a distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia, was charged with launching the debate. He did so in a particularly provocative manner by showing how the globalized economy amounts to a triage, selecting the privileged who enjoy universal rights from the poor who, by the logic of the economic mechanism, are relegated to the margins of a system which proclaims universal values while becoming more and more unequal. His text, which should obviously be read in its North American context, is published in this issue.

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Géopolitique - Institutions - Recherche, sciences, techniques - Société, modes de vie

L’Europe en quête de sens

Europe in Search of Sense. For an Alternative European Communication Policy
The ideal of a united Europe suffers from a lack of public acceptance which is due not so much to a shortfall of information as to the absence of public debate around a concerted plan.
Éric Dacheux begins by showing that the communications policy of the European Union aims at the same time to inform citizens and also to seduce them by the creation of images and symbols. He finds that the means employed to these ends are ineffective: In the first place, heavily promoted projects such as "Objective 92" have not produced the promised effects. Secondly, the diffusion of information about Europe is not sufficient to create a European conscience. And finally, the communications policy has always been constrained by day-to-day requirements for building Europe, as dictated by the flow of events. In brief, it has emphasized the duty of adapting more than the desire to live together.
É. Dacheux believes that Europe is lacking the conceptual identity which is needed to inspire the shared vision of a sustainable future. Communications policy of the Commission has been so dominated by the need to sell this or that measure that it is detrimental to the creation of a sense of real citizenship, which is the only thing that could confer a soul on this institutional edifice. In short, the marketing of Europe not only fails to convince, it bores. Consequently, the idea of Europe fails to inspire collective mobilization around a plan which carries direction and hope.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques - Société, modes de vie

Les progrès de la génétique

The Progress of Genetics Risks and Opportunities, Fears and Hopes
People have always been very concerned about the future - the source of hopes and of fears at the same time. But this disquiet is without doubt accentuated to the extent that:
- changes accelerate and the sense of continuity is replaced by the anticipation of ruptures which make several futures possible;
- losing the faith formerly accorded to God, to benevolent nature or simply to progress, we have become aware that the future depends on the actions of people on whom the progress of science and technology have conferred the increasing power to make things worse as well as better.
The progress of genetics, because it confers a growing power to manipulate species - including our own - gives rise to more unprecedented worries and hopes than any other form of scientific and technical progress.
The distinguished geneticist Axel Kahn summarizes hopes and fears at the end of the 20th century, including their not always logical relationship to real threats and opportunities. Then, addressing genetics, he shows the progress achieved and foreseeable, the potential benefits and disbenefits. In so doing he underlines the gulf that lies between knowledge and power, and especially the responsibility of people in the use they will make of this power.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques - Société, modes de vie

Les Français et la micro-informatique

Une même enquête, réalisée par l'Institut GfK pour le magazine Science & Vie Micro (SVM) sur les Français et la micro-informatique fait l'objet ici de deux lectures sensiblement différentes : l'une soulignant le retard français et l'autre ses progrès. Certes les propos ne sont pas contradictoires, mais il est toujours intéressant de voir combien un même objet, aux yeux de différents observateurs, est perçu différemment.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques - Société, modes de vie

Le clonage humain : où est la limite ?

Cloning Humans: Where is the Limit ?
Looking at yesterday's story of the atom and today's of the gene, it is clear - writes Jean-Jacques Salomon - that some regulations are required which cannot be left in the hands of scientists alone.
In the first place, although their vocation is to work exclusively at the production of new knowledge, the unfortunately tight link between laboratory and factory means that they are moved by the "existential pleasures of engineering" and encouraged in this direction by the politics and economics of the marketplace.
Next, because the calling of scientists is to be at the forefront without getting mixed up in theology, metaphysics, morals, or politics, it is not for them to control the use of knowledge if it is transformed into technology.
Finally, in spite of the implication of ethics committees to the contrary, scientists have nothing to say on the subject of directions and values: they are not in a position to bend the pursuit of knowledge to the fantasies of society rather than to their own.
In brief, science appears to have no limit. Unfortunately, it engenders technological developments, notably in matters of genetic engineering, which are not embraced by the ethics of former times. The dramatic dimensions of this ethical dilemma are underscored by the author.

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Population - Société, modes de vie

Les jeunes et le changement social

Youth and Social Change. On the Necessity of Building Another Society
On three occasions youth became actors in movements of protest and/or mass demands (1986, 1990, 1994). The rise of new social actors has initiated the appearance and then the development of a new structure for action - coordination - which not only marked a very important change in the parameters of collective action but expressed transformations which were just as significant in the realm values.
But the young are only occasional actors: they demand or hope for a genuine recognition of their place which is precisely what is most often refused and thus there results a crisis of youth, a symptom of a crisis of society which swings between the risks of implosions and the risks of explosions. The young remind us that it is necessary to build another society based on another ethic and on other social relationships, a society which would accord the human being both his individuality and social identity. Thus a possible way out from the crisis emerges around this new way of acting and understanding together constituted by the system of co-action.

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Économie, emploi - Population - Société, modes de vie

Immigration : le laboratoire américain

Immigration: the American Laboratory
The two articles which we are publishing here report on the debate already under way in the United States on immigration, its melting pot experience and its ability to integrate socially minorities and foreigners.
First, Nicole Morgan outlines the point of view of David N. Kennedy and George J. Borjas as they stated it in two recent articles published in the magazine The Atlantic Monthly. These articles emphasize the influence of socio economic factors (the advantages and costs of immigration) as against the cultural issue and each in their own way raises the issue of the ability of American society and the economy to achieve integration given the quality of the immigrants.
Rémy Oudghiri reports on the book by Dale Maharidge The Coming White Minority which shows the fear of whites in the process of becoming a minority in California and underlines the risk of seeing society disrupted by stronger segregation. R. Oudghiri also shows how much the economic dynamism of California favours the process of integration.
These two papers put into perspective the importance of the ethnic and cultural differences always brought up in numerous debates. They underline on the other hand the role of social and economic factors which are often underestimated in Europe.

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Société, modes de vie

France : l’échelle sociale se transforme

France: The Social Scale is Changing
Inequalities come in multiples. Far from being limited solely to revenue, they concern a set of situations whose total effect significantly differentiates the living standards of various groups in the population.
This is why CREDOC (The Research Centre for the Study and Observation of Living Conditions) has constructed a composite indicator taking into account seventeen significant variables in the life situations of the French: income but also household goods, leisure and cultural activities, unemployment... Monitored for fifteen years, this indicator of inequalities permits the study of the distribution of the principal characteristics of material comfort and how it has evolved since 1990.
The general improvement in the standard of living which has occurred in the last fifteen years has been accompanied by growth in inequalities and a modification of the group composition from the bottom to the top of the social scale. CREDOC's study shows a growth in the feeling of vulnerability. This overall evolution does not preclude the possibility that inequalities correspond to ways of "thinking about the world" which are very different between the haves and haves not.

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Société, modes de vie

Time for Life. The Surprising Ways Americans Use Their Time

Time for Life analyse les structures de la vie quotidienne en Amérique et comment celle-ci a changé, à partir d'emplois du temps quotidiens sur 24 heures remplis par une « coupe transversale » d'Américains en 1965, 1975 et 1985, auxquels s'ajoutent une large variété d'enquêtes plus récentes. Quelques résultats : 1) Les Américains ont plus de temps libre qu'il y a trente ans, et ce temps libre va s'accroître encore plus dans le futur ; 2) le temps ...

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Entreprises, travail - Société, modes de vie

Contre la fin du travail

Pour la sociologue Dominique Schnapper, l'idée de la disparition prochaine du travail est fausse et utopique : c'est une vision de fonctionnaire qui, malheureusement, a réussi à inonder les milieux intellectuels français et anglo-saxons. Dans ce court livre d'entretiens, elle développe un raisonnement concret, en trois parties, afin de montrer que le travail est le facteur essentiel de l'intégration sociale. Dans la première, « travail et citoyenneté », la sociologue rappelle que la société des citoyens est apparue en ...

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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.