Réflexions pour 1985: a study in the vernacular of progressive compliance

Brian Sudlow*

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"Réflexions pour 1985", a prospective report published in 1964, envisaged what France might look like in 1985. This article argues that the blend of "probable" and "desirable" in its imagined vision of the future reveals an agenda of enforcing social compliance with its techno-scientific assumptions. To test such an assessment of the text, this article offers a study of the shaping factors and shaping actors of the report, before analysing the language of the report itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)692-705
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2017

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Interventions on 12/06/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1369801X.2017.1336466


  • réflexions pour 1985
  • Gaston Berger
  • Jean Fourastié
  • progress
  • ideology
  • techno-politics


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