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27 - 28 April 2017, Université Paris Est Créteil, salle des thèses

International symposium « Work and consumption from the 19th to the 21st century »

Organisers :
Anaïs Albert (historienne, Centre d’histoire du XIXe, Université Paris 1) ; Amélie Beaumont (doctorante en sociologie et science politique, CESSP/Cresppa-CSU, Université Paris 1) ; Jackie Clarke (historienne, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow) ; Fanny Gallot (historienne, CRHEC, UPEC-ESPE).

The action is financed by DIM Gestes of Région Ile-de-France, and the laboratories CHREC and Cresppa-CSU.

The division of scholarly research into distinct sub-fields often leads to a fractured understanding of objects of study that are in fact inter-connected when viewed at the level of individual experience or institutional life. Breaking down these barriers between sub-fields can thus provide a fertile means of generating new scholarly perspectives. Such is the aim of this symposium, which will bring together research on consumption and on work, in an effort to promote dialogue between what are currently rather disconnected fields.
And yet work and consumption are intimately linked and, above all, intermingled in the daily lives of working people, so much so that it is sometimes difficult to dissociate work-time from time for consumption, notably when the latter brings the worker into contact with the (material or immaterial) product of his or her labours. Whether in production or service work, employees can find themselves involved in the development and sale of products even where this was not initially expected to be part of their work. It is their qualities as consumers that are brought into play in such situations. Finally consumption itself can be conceived as a form of work, whether as an aspect of domestic work or as unpaid work evaluating products and services.
In other words, this symposium aims to rethink the relationship between work and consumption in the spirit proposed by Frank Trentmann (2004), who argues that: ‘Any serious discussion of consumer society must trace the practices and meanings of consumption as they are woven into social structures and actions that lie beyond the shop counter. Instead of oppositional models of analysis (consumption versus production) and of sequential models (consumer society after class society), the challenge of the next generation of work will be one of integration.’

Programme détaillé et intervenant.e.s

  • Programme

    Jeudi 27 avril 2017

    9h30 - Ouverture et introduction des journées
    par Isabelle Poutrin, directrice du CRHEC et les organisatrices

    10h - Conférence introductive
    Anne-Marie Dujarier (LCSP, Université Paris 7) « Travailleurs et consommateurs : quel rapport social ? De l’autoproduction aux plateformes numériques».

    11h00 - Session 1 : Travail domestique et consommation

    14h00 - Session 2 : La consommation des travailleurs/euses comme enjeu politique

    16h15 - Session 3 : Travailler entre consommateurs/rices

    Vendredi 28 avril 2017

    10h00 - Session 4 : Consommations partagées : les sociabilités des travailleurs/euses

    13h30 - Session 5 : Les travailleurs/euses de la vente et leurs produits

    15h15 - Session 6 : La consommation des ménages avec et sans travail

    16h45 - Conclusion des journées d’études

    Programme détaillé