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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
Déplacer les frontières du travail

Shifting the boundaries of work
Edited by Clyde Plumauzille, Sylvain Ville and Anaïs Albert

The recent shifting of industrial capitalism in western societies has blurred the definition of work itself and its place in society.

From the 70’s on, these changes have led, in the fields of human and social sciences, to an extension consisting in calling work a growing number of activities which used to be qualified as generosity, sharing, solidarity, gift, pleasure, creation or commitment.

At this time of historical rethinking of employed labour and of its integrative capacity in society, of growing unemployment and of general merchandizing of human activity, this issue of Tracés Magazine wishes to follow this movement of denaturalization of work by appreciating the classification struggles which regularly renegotiate its boundaries.

The term “boundaries” is essential. Seen as moving contact areas, it allows to overcome the commodification of activities and to focus on the plasticity of works and its boundaries.

If each of the contributions of this issue sheds a light on our conundrum, all of them support a same vision: restore a positive view of the moving frontiers of work activities in close link with social practices, to seize as it is the work category in action, to achieve recognition of individuals and of their commitment to society.