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Fansten Maïa

Sociologist, lecturer, University of Paris

Faculty of human and social sciences

Contact: maia.fansten(at)paridescartes.fr

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My research interests focus on subjects whose identification and description stimulate topics for debate: between problems of society and issues of mental health, between an approach “psy” and an analysis by the social sciences.

This the case of the “hikikomori” phenomenon, or the issue of the socially invisible, these recent forms of social retreat by young people, who become withdrawn and reclusive for several months or years. Within the framework of a collaborative and interdisciplinary project, BARTLE, and using the illustrative example of “hikikomori” in Japan, we seek to establish a comparative evaluation of the way “the socially withdrawn” are viewed, named and cared for in France, Japan and in Italy. In addition, we want to understand the collective dynamics that enter into play and that give rise to reflections on the family, school, care, digital technologies, and the construction of the self in the era of independence.

I also participate in the collaborative research project SAGE on “The meanings of children’s restlessness. Diagnostic questions, family investment and professional opinion concerning children felt to be restless” (financed by the Pfizer Foundation). The research aims to study the itineraries of children labelled as restless and/or inattentive, and those of their family. The project seeks to reconstruct the complex dynamics connecting places, families and the care and educational environments in varied cultural, intellectual, institutional and political contexts (France, Chile, and Brazil).

In both research projects, methods used are comparative and multidisciplinary, bringing together sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts.

I participate in the international network on non-conforming behaviours (NON conforming) from the same perspective.

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