Remarks on emancipatory practices and industrial societies in crisis

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  • *This article was translated from the original French by Régine Miller and Kathy Sabo, Montréal. The article first appeared under the title: ‘Remarques sur les pratiques émancipatoires dans les sociétés industrielles en crise’ in Jean-Pierre Dupuis et al., Les pratiques émancipatoires en milieu populaire, Documents préliminaires, No. 2., pp. 47–78. The editors wish to thank the members of the Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture and the author for permission to translate and reproduce this article. The article appeared with the work of four other scholars in the area of ‘popular culture’ presented as a report outlining theoretical and methodological issues preliminary to a research program. The translation and publication of this article is part of the Review's program to introduce work by our Quebec colleagues to our readers.

Abstract

La sociologie critique dont il s'agit ici ne se consacre pas settlement à la critique des sociétés existantes mais à l'avènement de celles qui pourraient et devraient naître. Aussi s'intéresse-t-elle plus aux pratiques qu'aux théories, plus aux ‘praxis’ qu'aux pratiques. Plus à l'instituant qu'à l'institué.

L'article qu'on a traduit en anglais veut servir de cadre conceptuel à une étude de terrain; on peut en déduire des hypothèses qui peuvent être confirmées ou infirmées. L'article ne vise pas à l'érudition mais à l'énonciation de certaines propositions qui pourraient guider le chercheur dans la cueillette et l'interprétation de ses données.

Trois monographies seront publiées bientôt et un cinquième volume fera l'autocritique du cadre conceptuel ainsi que son utilisation.

Critical sociology, as discussed in this article, is not only devoted to the critique of existing societies, but also to the advent of those which could and should develop. In addition, it is more interested in practices than in theories, more in ‘praxis’ than in practices, more in the establisher than in the established. The article, which has been translated into English, is designed to serve as a conceptual framework for an empirical study; from it, one can deduce hypotheses which can be proved or disproved. The article does not aim at pure scholarship, but at formulating certain propositions which could guide the researcher in the collection and interpretation of data. Three monographs will be published shortly and a fifth publication will effect a critique, from the inside, of the conceptual framework as well as of its utilization.

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