Doctor of Anthropology, Research Engineer
I am interested in the uses of illicit drugs in a socio-anthropological approach. I study their material modalities and how they are thought and put into words. My work highlights and analyzes the cultural factors that contribute to shaping drug use, because these factors are often neglected in favor of other explanatory elements - undeniable - such as the pharmacological properties of products, their availability in their market, or the genetic or psychological predispositions of individuals.
For my doctoral thesis, defended in June 2016 at the EHESS, I realized the ethnography of cocaine use in a festive context, with users who do not go through the social and health structures specialized in addictology or reduction of risks. This work describes how users deal with the normative tensions surrounding this practice. Normative tensions because cocaine is considered as a dangerous hard drug, whose use is however more and more commonplace and widespread, while remaining associated with the imagery of social success and a certain aesthetic of the party. However, the material methods of consumption and the way users view their practices are based on these discordant elements of culture.
Since July 2016, I work with Marie Jauffret-Roustide on experimental interventions for low risk injection education and support. Based on a fieldwork conducted in several structures that experiment with accompaniment sessions or injection education, we study the confrontation of knowledge between users and professionals around this stigmatized practice, the injection of drugs.
Research topics: drug use, risk reduction, addictions, public policies, social representations, morals and moralities