Sociologist, Research Fellow, Inserm
I wrote my dissertation ("Thesis and Prosthesis. The capacitation process as fabrication of a person. The Association Française contre les Myopathies facing disability," 2001) at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris), under the supervision of V. Rabeharisoa. In it, I analyzed the process through which a person emerges with capacities and with incapacities by focusing on the case of persons afflicted with a neuromuscular disease and on three forms of assistance: technical assistance (wheel chair), discursive assistance (the discourse developed by the organization), and institutional assistance (a rehabilitation center, accessible apartments, or a specialized care home). Following this work, within the Cermes, my research was geared in two directions: an ethnology of the experience of disabled persons (following up on my research on the use of wheel chairs, research on the lawsuits of persons considered as victims of medical injuries) and a sociological history of disability (an analysis of the debates around the law of 2005, an analysis of the debates around WHO disability classifications, an analysis of the links between "disability" and "compensation schemes," and a history of the category of "rare disabilities"). Some of my projects cut across these two areas, in particular the one about compensation and the one around the "rare disabilities" category. I combine these research activities with teaching activities (Sociology of Health, Sociology of Disability) and research-related activities (participation in the editorial board of the journal Alter, for instance).