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Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales is a quarterly journal published in French. Created in 1975 by Pierre Bourdieu and his fellow scholars, it proved to be a landmark in French-language social science publications as it strived to reconcile expectations that had previously been considered exclusive: to appeal to scholars and students in the social sciences while aiming for a wider audience interested in social issues. The journal meets high scientific standards, yet aspires as ardently to confront problems related to current events. Although sociology has a central place, the journal holds a unified conception of the social sciences, which quite regularly leads to articles published by historians, political scientists, economists, and other scholars.

The journal’s form also breaks with academic routine. The articles published consist of research at various stages of progress (from a note in the design phase to the “finished product”) and are all based on a single issue that is developed theoretically and tested in different original empirical fields. Hence, with a few exceptions, each issue forms a whole in which the articles respond to and complement one another. Since its beginnings, the journal has also exhibited innovative design in its intensive use of documents (photographs, archives, investigative materials, press clippings, etc.) which, at times, are just as illustrative as the text.

Over time, Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales has acquired a strong international dimension. It has contributed to introducing the French-speaking public to important research conducted abroad, and the issues often combine analyses dedicated to different national interests.

Journal recognized by the CNRS, and published with the support of the Centre de sociologie européenne, of the Collège de France, of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, of the l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique and of the Centre national du livre.

Editorial Board

Founder: Pierre Bourdieu

Journal director: Franck Poupeau

Editors in chief: Sibylle Gollac, Anne Lambert and Rémy Caveng

Editorial Secretary: Lucille Besombes -

Editorial Board:

Anne Bory, Jérôme Bourdieu, Rémy Caveng, Christophe Charle, Vanessa Codaccioni, François Denord, Altaïr Despres, Sara Dezalay, Julien Duval, Julien Fretel, Sibylle Gollac, Johan Heilbron, Anne Lambert, Brigitte Le Roux, Dominique Marchetti, Etienne Ollion, Franck Poupeau, Bénédicte Reynaud, Pierre Singaravélou, Sylvie Tissot.

Scientific Board:

Christian Baudelot, Alban Bensa, Jacques Bouveresse, Rogers Brubaker, Craig Calhoun, Patrick Champagne, Olivier Christin, Aaron Cicourel, Robert Darnton, Mireille Delmas-Marty, Yves Dezalay, Itamar Even-Zohar, Anne Fagot-Largeault, Yves Gingras, Nicolas Guilhot, Klaus Herding, Joseph Jurt, Haruhisa Kato, David Laitin, Remi Lenoir, Sergio Miceli, Daniel Roche, M’hammed Sabour, Gisèle Sapiro, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Franz Schultheis, Quentin Skinner, Loïc Wacquant, Pierre-Étienne Will, William Julius Wilson.

Associate Editors

ld Broady, Pascale Casanova, Inès Champey, Stefan Collini, Christoph Conrad, Deyan Deyanov, Vincent Dubois, Rick Fantasia, Laurence Fontaine, Sandrine Garcia, Bertrand Geay, Michael Grenfell, Alicia Gutiérrez, Odile Henry, Isabelle Kalinowski, Arthur Kleinman, Roland Lardinois, Frédéric Lebaron, Maria Malatesta, Margaret Maruani, Gérard Mauger, Christian de Montlibert, Treserra Montserrat, Francine Muel-Dreyfus, Erik Neveu, Françoise Œuvrard, Dag Osterberg, Nikos Panayotopoulos, Denis Pelletier, Michel Pialoux, Patrice Pinell, Louis Pinto, Alejandro Portes, Annick Prieur, Lutz Raphaël, Lennard Rosenlund, Saskia Sassen, Jürgen Schlumbohm, Margareta Steinrücke, Hugo José Suarez, Ivan Szélényi, Göran Therborn, Yves Winkin, Tassadit Yacine, Aristide Zolberg.

Instructions to Authors

The journal publishes articles from a variety of disciplines (sociology, history, economics, anthropology, etc.), essentially within the framework of thematic issues. The articles may be of varying formats (from 20,000 to 80,000 characters), but, except in special circumstances, they must be based on empirical research. Along with their article, authors are invited to submit a selection of visual documents (photographs, documents, press clippings, etc.) that may be used to accompany the article. Articles are published in French but may be submitted in another language. The articles received are reviewed by referees designated by the editorial board. Precise instructions on how to submit an article are provided at the end of each issue, as well as on the journal’s website (


Code of ethics

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Other information

Print ISSN : 0335-5322
Online ISSN : 1955-2564
Publisher : Le Seuil

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