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L'événement Mai 68 : pour une sociohistoire du temps court

Abstract : The crisis of May-June 1968 in France has been variously interpreted, but many analyses tend to focus upon its alleged causes or consequences. In contrast with this doubly evasive approach overshadowing the event itself, we aim to revert to the ?conjunctural'dimension of the crisis and its most puzzling aspect: the synchronization of students'and workers'mobilizations. Achievements in the fields of historiography, social sciences and the sociology of political crises, induce us to re-examine the weight of the logic of situations behind phases of radicalisation, and the effects of an unstable and uncertain context on the actors involved in the uprising. The fact remains that the event cannot be abstracted from its historical background and that the current state of a crisis may also be viewed ? to some extent ? as re-activation of the past. A sociohistorical account of short-term crises is therefore designed to help construe ? and conceive as forming a united whole ? the history of events and the history of structures. The synchronization of mobilizations as well as the political normalisation then appear to be the complex ? actual though unnecessary ? outcome of a multilayered interplay between political lability and previous structural changes, and of intermingled national and local intrigues.
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Boris Gobille. L'événement Mai 68 : pour une sociohistoire du temps court. Annales. Histoire, Sciences sociales, Armand Colin, 2008, pp.321-352. ⟨halshs-00358662⟩



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