Readings Surveying for collective learnings into ressources

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Surveying (Arpentage in french) is a method of discovery of a work by several people, with a view to its critical appropriation, to nourish the articulation between practice and theory.

This method can be used on law books, theories, tutorials, wiki pages.

While it can be difficult or boring to bear the burden of reading, studying and understanding written resources - which can reinforce a situation or feeling of isolation - surveying provides a collective dynamic for appropriating knowledge. A method that can be deployed in safe/brave spaces.


Method of collective reading coming from the working class culture (working class circle) in XIX^e century to read books known to be difficult to read then reused by practitioners of mental training during the Second World War by resistance fighters ( Joffrey Dumazedier), more widely disseminated by Peuple et Culture, popular education movement, from the 1950s.

Its goal is to achieve, in a limited time (2 - 6 hours), to "clear" a work by pooling the knowledge, experiences and intuitions of the participants.

    • Readings surveying is about raising collective and political issues.**

Surveying, which refers to the action verb "to survey", consists first of all of appropriating space, of being in action. The people walk through the room or an outside place and get to know each other before starting to read, To plant their « ice axes » in knowledge that becomes available to them.



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