“An Experimental French Journal: Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales”
The journal Actes publishes “discourse that plays a straight game with the reader.” It aims to disillusion the reader by remaining as transparent as possible. The editor strives to assist the reader not only in understanding the research presented to them, but by increasing the capabilities of the readership. This is achieved by presenting an exposition through the more immediate language of visual representation. Instead of explaining through rhetoric how the scientific researcher came to his conclusion, the system of relationships are displayed through various methods of representation. This visual representation can be displayed through primary documents, commentary, diagrams, analysis, ect. This allows the consumer to break free from the laws commanding professional rhetoric and composition. The consumer effectively takes on some of the role of the researcher.
Actes transforms the technique of exposition. The juxtaposition of various visual systems displaying information breaks free from the scientific language in often present in scholarly articles. The old school ‘scholarly language’ hides behind obscure vocabulary as a means of abstracting common sense and detaching itself from the ordinary. This approach reinforces the hierarchy of institutional divisions, styles, and subject matter. Actes confronts the rules governing sociological literature, while escaping from the institutional divisions and dubious hierarchy that regulates the distribution of such literature.
This approach to publishing is not fresh, experimental, or avant-garde. In fact, similar aims have been adopted in illegitimate spheres of inquiry. In deviating from the established doctrines or jargon present in scientific inquiry, this publisher reveals the mechanisms of the sacrosanct and provides all who crusade to improve their social reality with actual facts to draw patterns and inferences from. Instead of pushing the audience through predetermined rational to a fixed conclusion, these publishers INSPIRE.
Actes allows the reader to delve directly into the work of the researcher by providing materials and tools that were actually used when the research was conducted. This publisher is known for effectively “...eschewing all strategies of alignment or independence, excluded and wishing to be excluded from mutual admiration cliques…” These practices provide a context for the narrative, make clear the physical and social environment pertaining to the issue at hand, and compile practices that direct the reader beyond a set of correlating mental habits. This eliminates the possibility of error or deceit which the typical scientific research article would conceal. Moreover, this system of visual representation and discourse is capable of producing multiple conclusions. This allows for a more expansive viewpoint of the topics being tackled by the researcher and audience. Actes successfully modifies the role of the researcher, the inquirer, the sociologist, and the reader.