Sélection de nouveautés - Selection of new titles
The aim of the Presses Universitaires de France is to diffuse French culture throughout France as well as foreign countries, and to pass on knowledge. Consequently, we are pleased to present several of our titles which may be especially suitable for translation on this site.
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- Maria Vlachou, Foreign Rights Manager, in charge of relations with the following countries: the UK and the USA, Latin America, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia, the Far East.
- Laurence Zarra, Foreign Rights Assistant, in charge of relations with the following countries: Italy, Portugal and Brazil, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
- Jean-Robert ARMOGATHE, Histoire générale du christianisme, 2010
General History of Christianity
These books are intended for all those who would like to know more about the history of Christianity and the role it has played in history in general. There is no erudite apparatus criticus, but there are complete chronological tables, bibliographical guidance and indexes. By insisting on a thematic approach, highlighting the differences of interpretation among contemporary historians, and often choosing to treat the evolutions of different Christian Churches together, this Histoire générale du christianisme provides a new approach which responds to the expectations of a public keen to know more about the history of religion. Assembling the work of 70 authors, this Histoire générale du christianisme is edited by Jean-Robert Armogathe, with Yves-Marie Hilaire, Pascal Montaubin and Michel-Yves Perrin.
- Pascal CHABOT, Les sept stades de la philosophie, 2011
In this lively and accomplished book, the author persuades us that philosophy has precise functions that run through its history and nourish its desires. Enlightening, liberating, encouraging self-knowledge, transmitting, prospecting, transforming and delighting: these are the seven principle philosophical functions. Original and enlightening.
- François FRIMAT, Qu'est-ce que la danse contemporaine ?, 2011
For those who appreciate the art of choreography, contemporary dance often puzzles: bodiless scenes, increased presence of other arts or technologies that interfere with the identity of the performance. Why do we ever talk about hybrid spectacles? This book explains how dance cultivates the art of eluding any attempt of substantiality and shows that one can be contemporary without having to break with the history of dance or the history of art.
- Nicolas GRIMALDI, L'inhumain, 2011
Is there anything more similar than two human beings? What is more uncompromising to human than the inhuman? Yet it only takes a human to be inhuman. What is most surprising about the inhuman is that is within the human. One can be inhuman without losing every sense of humanity. On the contrary, humans often come to terms with their humanity by being inhuman. It may be disgraceful for our moral conscience but it is a fact. Nicolas Grimaldi enters the human laboratory and observes the limit situations between humanity and inhumanity.
Les PUF lancent une nouvelle collection « Lectures du judaïsme » dirigée par Hervé Landau, ancien Secrétaire Général du Consistoire Israélite de Paris et d'Ile de France, expert en économie et en banque internationales, en déontologie financière et en éthique médicale, directeur de projets philanthropiques internationaux, talmudiste et enseignant. Il s’agit de donner un accès rapide, aisé et structuré aux connaissances les plus fondamentales du judaïsme, au moyen de petits ouvrages (moins de 200 pages) offrant des synthèses au fil des grandes périodes que distinguent la tradition juive et la littérature rabbinique, sur près de trois mille ans.
- Bernard ROUGIER, L'oumma en fragments, 2011
The Fragmented Umma. Controling Sunni Islam in Lebanon
This book has two aims: the aim of the first part is to make the different forms of militant action in the Middle East more comprehensible by providing a summary of the political evolutions in the region over the last thirty years the second part aims to apply this overview to several sequences of mobilisation anchored in the turbulent area of North Lebanon, through an in-situ study of the main players’ actions. The theoretical hypothesis concerns the existence, in the crisis area of the Levant (Palestine, Lebanon, Syria), of a militant triangle structured around three models of commitment: the resistant (mouqâwim), the fighter (mouqâtil) and the jihad fighter (moujâhid). These three models, each following its own rules and modus operandi, differ in their interpretations of the meaning and the status of Sunni Islam in the region.
- Pascal GAUCHON, Dictionnaire de géopolitique et de géoéconomie, 2011
Dictionary of Geopolitics and Geoeconomy
This dictionary covers every aspect of geopolitics: theories, concepts, key players, countries, regions, zones of tension, seas and oceans, international organisations, major cities and what is at stake… In brief, all the implications of rival powers in a territory. It will be useful to students and specialists, but also those who are interested in current events, permitting them to go beyond the superficiality and sensationalism of news coverage to achieve greater understanding and reflect on those power relations that shape the world.
- Yad BEN ACHOUR, La deuxième Fatiha, 2011
The Second Fatiha. Islam and Thinking Human Rights
Like all other religions, Islam must become aware of one vital truth: to ensure honourable survival in the modern world, it must justify itself from a universal viewpoint. This alone can make an idea or a proposition accepted by all as being morally superior. Ali ibn Abi Talib, the fourth Calif, is said to have stated in one of his speeches that it is not the followers – even though they may be in the majority – who justify the law it is the law that confers legitimacy upon the followers, even if they are a minority. This idea was expressed again by Ghazali, the Muslim theologian and philosopher, in these terms: ‘He who seeks to know the law through its devotees is floundering in error. Know the law then you will know its followers’. Could this approach permit Islam to adopt a philosophy of human rights worthy of today’s world?.
- Carine LAHOUD-TATAR, Al Jazeera, 2011
Al Jazeera. Freedom Of Expression in a Petro-Monarchy
Freedom of speech is usually considered a privilege of democracy. The launch of a pluralist news channel in an Arab petro-monarchy therefore provoked deeply skeptical reactions from academics. Nonetheless, the most popular Arab TV news channel swiftly became a premium international source of news, even for its Western counterparts. How has Al Jazeera been able to establish itself as a space of freedom while being administratively and financially dependent on Qatar’s ruling family? How was a media outlet based on freedom of opinion able to develop in a political system dominated by a tribal oligarchy where democratic institutions did not yet exist? How did Al Jazeera come to relay the democratic aspirations of people in the Middle East over the years, playing a crucial role in the spread of Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan revolutions, without threatening the Qatari regime? Has it really ignored Qatari domestic issues? How did civil society in Qatar react to the channel? More than ten years after the station's launch, most of these questions remain unsolved. Among them, the screening of Al Qaeda tapes by a channel whose headquarters are positioned a few miles away from the US Military Central Command in the Persian Gulf is one of the most striking. This work discusses the development of pluralist and radical democratic discourse in a non-representative regime. It shows how, within a tribal configuration, a media could emerge that called into question the norms prevailing in Western newsmaking.
- Carine LAHOUD-TATAR, Islam et politique au Koweit, 2011
Islam and Politics in Kuwait
Within the framework of the authoritarian parliamentary system that has dominated Kuwaiti political life since independence in 1962, Islamist militants have gradually internalized a culture of political participation in its institutions. Formerly allied to the ruling family against its nationalist and liberal rivals, they have now become an autonomous political force in Parliament. They have contributed significantly to the constitutional and liberal dimension of the legislative body and played a key role in the complex relation between the ruling family and Parliament. The present volume studies a phenomenon which is little known the different trends that have shaped Kuwaiti Islamism since the 1950s. It shows how the local context, including the structure of the State system, its rentier dimension and US military protection, led Islamists to put forward intellectual and religious dynamics that were closely linked to the national stakes. In particular, the author analyses how that small emirate was capable of appropriating ideologies stemming from Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood) or Saudi Arabia (Salafism) and transforming them in depth.
Psychology – Education
- Colette SOLER, Les affects lacaniens, 2011
Lacan and Affects
This book highlights the original conception, place and specific function of affect in the structural approach to psychoanalysis that was Jacques Lacan’s. How many affects did Jacques Lacan comment on and reveal in a new light? Anguish, existential pain, love, hate, ignorance, mourning, sadness, ‘gay savoir’, boredom, moroseness, anger, modesty, shame, enthusiasm, and … ‘end of analysis’ satisfaction. Always explaining what produces them, discussing their structure, the real, the ethics of the subject, and detailing what makes change at the end of an analysis possible. The question of what effect a psychoanalysis can have upon that ‘impossible to bear’ factor that drives a subject to undergo an analysis is, in reality, a crucial one. Countering Freud’s verdict of failure, Jacques Lacan stressed the possibility – indeed the duty and urgency - of effecting a change of affect. In this book, the author shows what Lacan, from an original conception of affect and its consequences on practice, succeeded in constructing.
- Stéphane THIBIERGE, Le nom, l'image, l'objet, 2011
Name, Image, Object. Body Image and Recognition
This book analyses the elements of recognition – in the sense of recognising a person, a face, an object, and in general terms what we refer to as reality – in the presence of pathologies or dysfunction of the primary form, i.e. the body image. The analysis is based on a series of clinical facts in situations where the image is presented in the most decomposed of all observable states: when name, image and object are dissociated and recognition is sporadic or inexistent. With a clear and rigorous approach, the author restores all their import to these issues in the context of psychopathology and contemporary reflection, addressing students, consultants and specialists as well as members of a wider public keen to know more.
- Eric SMADJA, Le couple et son histoire, 2011
The human couple: a multidimensional history
Many authors, poets, philosophers, essayists, scientists and other specialists have explored the complex reality of the human couple but in most cases their approach remains one-dimensional. Here, the approach is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, taking into account historical, sociological, anthropological and psychoanalytical perspectives. The book presents a general, intelligible and at the same time irreducibly heterogeneous picture of conjugal reality with particular reference to the present-day context. The author explores both the historical context and the socio-cultural background of the development of the western couple. He looks at the genesis of the couple as an epistemological object and its fundamental psychical features. He also presents and develops the new psychoanalytical and socio-anthropological notion of the “work of the couple” in its functional and dysfunctional aspects.
- Patrick GUYOMARD, Lacan et le contre-transfert, 2011
Lacan and Countertransference
‘The sum of the prejudices, passions, perplexities, and even the insufficient training of the analysts’: Lacan could hardly be more severe in his definition of countertransference. By 1961, his attitude has changed: ‘What I understand by countertransference is the necessary implication of the analyst in the situation of transfer’. Between criticism and acknowledgement, what, in Lacan’s opinion, is the real challenge of countertransference?
Series “Que sais-je ?”
- Stéphane BODIER, Jocelyne KAUFFMANN, Le web marketing, 2011
Web marketing is a new profession that has shaken up all the rules of traditional marketing. Each consumer has specific preferences, financial means and aspirations; web marketing allows us to target consumers more efficiently according to these personal characteristics. The new communication tools make it possible to identify aspirations, then, according to their nature, individualise the commercial offer and communication. An authentic alternative to traditional marketing, it also presents one considerable asset: the evaluation of a campaign’s effectiveness is immediate. Based on many examples, this book brings us the first global overview of web marketing. It defines the tools and today’s usages, and invites readers to anticipate the probable applications of tomorrow.
- Jean-Paul BETBEZE, Jean-Dominique GIULIANI, Les 100 mots de l'Europe, 2011
Europe in 100 Words
Where Europe’s concerned, technocracy always seems to gain the upper hand over meaning. It is true that European construction is often too complex to be understood at a glance: new institutions, new customs, new regulations, etc. sometimes make the reality of Europe difficult to grasp. But this is the downside of any totally original enterprise; the European project is unique in the world. From treaties to directives, from Parliament to conventions, from the Court of Justice to the Council of Europe, it is being created daily in front of our eyes. The 100 words in this book will help you understand.
- Mathilde SAIET, Les addictions, 2011
Of all forms of psychopathological behaviour, addiction is perhaps the one that challenges the borderline between the normal and the pathological most forcefully. It is difficult to draw the line between what might be classified as a ‘bad habit’ and a real state of dependence. At the outset, addictions are almost always very ordinary behaviour, merely deviated from their initial objective: drinking, eating, betting, shopping, working, taking care of one’s health, and so on. Consequently, are we all addicts? What characterises the real addict could be a kind of polarization, wherein the object or the practice becomes the purpose of a life, when the ‘bad habit’ becomes an identity: ‘I drink too much’ veering to ‘I’m an alcoholic’. This book explores the signification of addictions, analyses the mechanism and the symptoms of the most common among them and offers a review of the various existing therapeutic approaches.
- Alain VIALA et Daniel MESGUISCH, Le théâtre, 2011
How can we describe, how can we ‘think’ the theatre? How capture the one dimension of that universal art form that cannot be expressed in words or captured in written form: that of the performance, the time shared between actors and spectators? This is the challenge this book takes up. It presents two visions rather than one: that of an academic historian of the theatre, Alain Viala, and a man of the stage, the actor and director Daniel Mesguich, in what is an ‘intercation’. Each in his own way, and according to his own experience, opens a door to the theatre. Out of this encounter between two visions – one transmitting and structuring knowledge about the dramatic arts, the other questioning, enriching and sometimes even contradicting – there emerges a text that opens up new perspectives and brings the reader as close as possible to the experience of the theatre.
- Jacques ANDRE, Les 100 mots de la sexualité, 2011
Sexuality in 100 Words
Sexuality possesses a specific quality that no other human activity shares: the ability to sexualize language, investing each and every word even in apparently innocuous situations, provoking laughter or shame. It can even create scandals when tongues ‘slip’ on a phonetic proximity and transform everyday language into sexual innuendo (the dread of all public speakers, as a French politician recently discovered). The words of sexuality are often themselves sexual words with all their crudeness and even brutality. From gentle expressions of sentimentality to the garish “fist fucking”, these 100 words are those of our sexual life. Defining this vocabulary is not so much an opportunity to state what everyone already knows as to explore the meaning (historical, sociological, religious, aesthetic, psychoanalytic…) of the facts and deeds of our sexuality.
- Maxime LEFEBVRE, La politique étrangère, 2011
European Foreign Policy
Although the Maastricht treaty endowed the European Union with a ‘common foreign and security policy’, practice and negotiations since 1992 to strengthen that policy reveal how much remains to be done if such a policy is to be efficient. Today, the Union is represented by a ‘bicephalous’ presidency and a ‘High Representative’ – rather than ‘minister of foreign affairs’ – it has no diplomatic service but an ‘external action service’ no embassies but ‘delegations’, no army but a ‘common security and defence policy’. Yet the stakes are undoubtedly high: to be a significant partner in the transatlantic relationship, to cooperate with other powers while defending our values and interests, to reflect on our security, to strengthen our economic, diplomatic and military capacities, to reach beyond our own differences and constitute what amounts to a ‘European power’.
- Eric DELBECQUE et Christian HARBULOT, La guerre économique, 2011
Since the end of the Cold War, the balance of power between nations has been based on economic factors. Today, the vast majority of governments on the planet do not seek to conquer land or to establish their domination on new populations, but to build industrial potential and commercial clout capable of bringing revenue and jobs to their territory. At the same time, increasing globalization has transformed a ‘friendly’ free market, limited and controlled, into universal ‘hyper-competitiveness’. This book presents a synthesis of research carried out on the notion of ‘business war’, a concept born in the USA in the nineties. Starting out from a few concrete examples, it offers an analysis of today’s geo-economic strategies.