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From China to the Americas via the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, Études Rurales explores the many aspects of what used to be known as “rurality” from the perspective of territory, activities, lifestyles, political organization, perceptions, beliefs, heritages, and future prospects. Thanks to the diversity of its contributors’ backgrounds, the journal offers a view of the world based as much on scientific study as on historical, philosophical, and anthropological reflection. In our world, which has undergone such drastic changes as to appear new and foreign to us, the urban and the rural bleed into one another, people discover the complexity of the connections they have to their environment, and the earth is once again becoming everybody’s concern. In order to better understand all these connections, bringing together these multiple perspectives paints a picture from one issue to the next of this new modernity as it relates to our planet. Without succumbing to nostalgia over the countrysides of the past, the journal contributes to the collective invention of a new way of seeing rurality.

One of the ways in which Études Rurales distinguishes itself is by being truly multidisciplinary and by reflecting changes in the disciplines and the issues through its editorial decisions. The editorial staff is therefore composed in such a way as to allow various disciplines to contribute to this collective process. Founded by a historian, Georges Duby, a geographer, Daniel Faucher, and an ethnologist, Isac Chiva, the journal’s editorial team has subsequently been led by anthropologists, historians, and archaeo-geographers. Current editor-in-chief Bruno Villalba is a political analyst.

Institutional affiliations

Études Rurales is published by the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).

It is hosted by the Laboratory for Social Anthropology of the Collège de France, and supported by the Institut National des Sciences Humaines et Sociales (INSHS-CNRS) and by the Centre National du Livre.

Editorial Board


Bruno Villalba (political analyst, Ceraps)

Editorial Committee

Laurent Berger (anthropologist, EHESS), Pascal Chevalier (geographer, UMR 5281), Gérard Chouquer (historian and archeo-geographer), Carole Ferret (anthropologist, CNRS) Eloi Ficquet (anthropologist and historian, EHESS), Agnès Fortier (ethno-sociologist, Inra)
Fabien Gaveau (historian, Dijon), Marie-Claude Maurel (geographer, EHESS), Yves Michelin (agro-anthropologist, Clermont-Ferrand), Raphaël Morera (historian, CRH)
François Purseigle (sociologist, Ensat), Isabelle Thireau (sociologist, EHESS), Magali Watteaux (historian et archeo-geographer, Université Rennes-2).

Scientific committee

Michel Adam (anthropologist, France), Henry Buller (rural geographer, University of Exeter, UK), Édouard Conte (anthropologist, CNRS, Bern, Switzerland), Maria Halamska (sociologist, Institut du développement de la campagne et de l’agriculture, Warsaw, Poland), Bertrand Hervieu (sociologist, France), Rose-Marie Lagrave (sociologist, EHESS), Josefina Gómez Mendoza (geographer et historian, Académie d’histoire d’Espagne), Marc Mormont (rural sociologist, University of Liège, Belgium)
Eduardo Moyano Estrada (rural sociologist, University of Cordoba, Spain), Volker Stamm (medieval historian, economist, Darmstadt, Germany)

Editors: Anne Both, Claire Perenchio


The journal only publishes thematic dossiers consisting of 8 to 12 articles, plus one or two articles on miscellaneous topics, depending on space, relevance, and reviews of the work.

The journal accepts articles written in either French or English not exceeding 50,000 characters.


Études Rurales

Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale (LAS)

Collège de France

52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine

75005 Paris


+33 (0)1 44 27 17 43

Code of ethics

The Code of Ethics applicable to drafting committees and editorial boards of academic journals offered on, including Études rurales, is available on this page.

Other information

Print ISSN : 0014-2182
Online ISSN : 1777-537X
Publisher : Editions de l’E.H.E.S.S.

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