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Volume 52, Supplement 1

  • Alerts and catastrophes : The case of the 1999 storm in France, a treacherous risk - F. Dedieu

    François Dedieu, Centre de sociologie des organisations, 19, rue Amélie, 75018 Paris, France
    Available online 23 July 2010 on ScienceDirect
    How is it that catastrophes always seem predictable ex post but never ex ante ? The paradox is recurrent. Our study of the warnings issued prior to one of the last major natural disasters in France – the tempest of December 27, 1999 – focuses on the organizational factors accounting for the surprise effect of the catastrophe, to try and understand why, though the phenomenon had been predicted and announced (...)

  • The barrier and the stained-glass ceiling. Analyzing female careers in religious organizations - B. de Gasquet

    Béatrice de Gasquet,
    Centre d’études interdisciplinaires des faits religieux,
    10, rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 75006 Paris, France
    Available online 27 July 2010 on ScienceDirect
    This article surveys existing research (principally in France and the United States) concerning women’s access to a religious career based on ordination (as in Christianity and Judaism). In the first part of the article, we look at how the “barrier” that ordination may represent for the feminization of religious management is dealt with. Research on what is at stake when (...)

  • Closing the market as the only protection ? Trade unions and the labor market in the French performing arts industry from 1919 to 1937 - M. Grégoire

    Mathieu Grégoire,
    Centre d’études de l’emploi, 29, promenade Michel-Simon,
    93166 Noisy-le-Grand cedex, France
    Available online 24 July 2010 on ScienceDirect
    The case of trade unions in the French performing arts industry between the two World Wars will serve here to test the hypothesis advanced in the Sociology of Professions and Theory of closed Labor Market whereby workers seek to improve their chances by attempting to limit its access. In line with that hypothesis, lyrical and dramatic actors tried to control the market, in particular by (...)

  • For a sociology of committed professionals : “Art Worlds” in the United States and opposing the war in Iraq - V. Roussel

    Violaine Roussel
    Laboratoire Théories du politique (LabToP), département de science politique,
    université Paris 8, 2, rue de la Liberté, 93526 Saint-Denis cedex, France
    Available online 27 July 2010 on ScienceDirect
    This article analyzes American artists’ opposition to the war in Iraq, emphasizing the way it was determined by their professional situations. Regardless of the networks and political organizations involved, or the ideological dimensions of the anti-war cause, individual professional identities and relationships persisted and (...)

  • Decompartmentalizing the sociology of activist commitment. A critical survey of some recent trends in French research - F. Sawicki, J. Siméant

    Frédéric Sawicki
    UMR CNRS 8026, centre d’études et de recherches administratives, politiques et sociales (Ceraps), faculté des sciences juridiques, politiques et sociales, université de Lille II, BP 629, 1, place Déliot, 59024 Lille cedex, France
    Johanna Siméant
    UMR CNRS 8056, département de science politique, CRPS, université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 14, rue Cujas, 75321 Paris cedex 05, France
    Available online 27 July 2010 on ScienceDirect
    This article is a critical survey of a field of research that for 20 years has been particularly active in (...)