The dissertation studies the political, financial and cultural scandals of the Third Republic. The objectives are twofold. The first one is the construction a general theory of scandal as a social form with its proper grammar and temporality. The second one is an empirical study of the structure and transformation of cultural, financial and political fields as well as their interrelations during this. The two objectives are interlinked in the sense that the latter will be achieved by analyzing the various types of scandals with varying sizes, publics and contents which originated in these fields.