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Tracés: Revue de Sciences Humaines publishes research in the social sciences in two themed issues per year and a handful of special editions. These issues focus on an old debate that has taken a new turn due to current editorial or political circumstances, takes an idea that the various intellectual traditions and disciplines would usually address in isolation and submits it to examination from multiple perspectives, or explores an emerging field of thought. Tracés claims a true pluralism, as attested to by the variety of themes and approaches it publishes. The journal’s editorial committee is made up of young researchers from various disciplines and pursues a strong interdisciplinary project. This is manifested in the selection of articles, notes, translations, and interviews that make up each of the issues.

Latest issue
Hors-série 2016. Traduire et introduire

Autour de l’anthropologie linguistique de Charles Goodwin / L’histoire économique est-elle morte ? / L’Italie des biens communs
Translating and introducing. About Charles Goodwin’s linguistic anthropology / How dead is economic history? / The commons: a view from Italy
Edited by Pierre Charbonnier, Daniela Festa, Yaël Kreplak, Christelle Rabier and Pierre Saint-Germier

This special issue of Tracés originates in the idea that although the work of many foreign scholars is (more or less) accessible to French academics, it is not equally read and debated. This special issue is thus structured around the translation of original papers and chapters by foreign scholars, which have been selected by the editorial team as illustrative of a lack of adequate reception of certain works, and divided into three thematic sections.

The first section is dedicated to Charles Goodwin’s work. A professor at UCLA, Goodwin is famous as a linguist anthropologist for his pioneering research on situated action and for his studies of interaction. The four articles deal more specifically with his latest work on what is referred to as the principle of co-operation, in an interdisciplinary perspective (sociology, linguistics, semiotics and art).

A second section stages a methodological debate in economic history, prompted Francesco Boldizzoni’s 2011 book, The Poverty of Clio : Resurrecting Economic History. This section includes the French translation of the first chapter of the book about the birth of cliometrics in the middle of the twentieth century and the discussion of its thesis by French practitioners of economic history.

The third section is devoted to the commons in Italy. It demonstrates the originality of a theory of common goods elaborated by scholars in Italy where political struggles and initiatives have fuelled alternative conceptions of the relationships between law and politics. The papers collected in this section analyse current social transformations and the way the law tentatively reflects them.