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Wang Simeng

Sociologist, Research Fellow, CNRS

Contact: simeng.wang(at)cnrs.fr

Academia

Research

Simeng Wang holds a PhD in Sociology from the École Normale SupĂ©rieure in Paris. She is a research fellow at The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and faculty member at the CERMES3 (Research Centre, Medicine, Science, Health, Mental Health and Society). 

During her Ph. D, she has worked on use of mental health care among Chinese migrants and their children in Parisian region, and carried out an ethnographic study both in medical institutions and Chinese migrants families. She is the author of several articles dedicated to Chinese immigration in France (available on Academia.edu).   

Her current research examines the transnational circulations of Chinese medical knowledge and Chinese medicine’s practices in the French society, in connection with Chinese immigration in France since 1976. More specifically, she explores the relations between Chinese authorities and international organizations involved in the regulation of traditional medicines on a global scale; and on a micro scale, all forms of circulation of medical and health givers, knowledge and products from China to France. 

Generally, Simeng’s works are at the crossroads of several fields: 1) study of international non postcolonial migration, through an approach involving various social relations (class, gender, ethnicity, regional origin, migratory generation, age); 2) sociological studies of medical work with ethnicity and intercultural issues; 3) health sociology and sociology of mental health; 4) studies of contemporary Chinese society especially concerning health issues; and more recently, 5) research on the transnational circulations.

Main publications

Book
  • Wang Simeng. 2017. Illusions et souffrances. Les migrants chinois Ă  Paris. Paris, Étions rue d’Ulm (collection « Sciences sociales Â»), 220p. 
Direction of Special Issue
  • Wang Simeng (with H. Le Bail). 2016. « Migrations chinoises et gĂ©nĂ©rations », Revue Hommes & Migrations. N° 1314 ['Chinese Migrations and Generations' in Journal Men & Migrations. N° 1314]
  • Wang Simeng (with E. Frenkiel). 2017. Â« Participer dans le monde chinois : une jeunesse connectĂ©e » Revue Participations. n°17 [‘Participating in the Chinese world: a connected youth’ in Journal Participations. n° 17]
Peer-reviewed Articles

In French

  • Wang Simeng. 2017. Â« La resocialisation politique de migrants internationaux et leurs prises de parole politiques : Le cas de jeunes Chinois qualifiĂ©s Ă  Paris Â» [The Political Resocialization of International Migrants and their Political Talk: The Case of Young Qualified Chinese in Paris], Journal Participations. N°17:155-176.
  • Wang Simeng. 2017 (with E. Frenkiel). 2017. (Introduction du dossier) « Les jeunes Chinois dans diffĂ©rents espaces nationaux : expressions et engagements politiques Â» [(Introduction of special issue) Young Chinese in different national spaces: political expressions and commitments], Journal Participations. N°17: 5-33.
  • Wang Simeng. 2016. « Aidez-nous Ă  comprendre vos Chinois ! » Conditions de possibilitĂ©s de la lĂ©gitimation du sociologue en milieu psychiatrique [“Help us to understand your Chinese !” Conditions for the possible legitimation of sociologists in a psychiatric setting], GenĂšses. N°105 : 141-156.
  • Wang Simeng. 2016. « Entre stratĂ©gie et moralitĂ©. Des migrants chinois en situation irrĂ©guliĂšre face Ă  la ‘clause de maladie’» [Between Strategy and Morality. Chinese Irregular Migrants Faced with the “Illness Clause”], Politix. N°114 : 205-227.
  • Wang Simeng. 2016. « Souffrances psychiques et mobilitĂ© sociale ascendante : le cas des adolescents français d’origine chinoise Ă  Paris » [Mental suffering and social mobility : the case of Chinese origin teenagers in Paris]. Hommes & Migrations. [Men & Migrations]. N°1314: 11-18.
  • Wang Simeng (with B. Schwartz). 2016. « Des personnes ĂągĂ©es d’origine chinoise Ă  Belleville : parcours migratoires, dynamiques familiales et participation Ă  la vie du quartier » [Elderly Chinese in Belleville district of Paris: migration patterns, family dynamics and participation in neighborhood life]. Hommes & Migrations [Men & Migrations]. N°1314: 103-112.
  • Wang Simeng. 2016. « Le parcours atypique d’une psychiatre française nĂ©e en Chine : Entretien avec Chengnan Zhan » [The atypical path of a French psychiatrist born in China. Interview with Chengnan Zhan]. Hommes & Migrations [Men & Migrations]. N°1314 : 21-25.
  • Wang Simeng. 2015. « Le travail social dans la prise en charge du handicap en Chine continentale (1990- 2015) ». [Social work in disability management in Mainland China (1990-2015)]. Revue française de la protection sociale [French Review of Social Protection]. N°8: 89-105.
  • Wang Simeng. 2015. « Des ‘soucis matrimoniaux’ dans le contexte transnational : Le cas des migrant-e-s chinois-es qualifiĂ©-e-s Ă  Paris » [‘Marital problems' in transnational context : The case of qualified Chinese migrants, women and men, in Paris]. Migrations SociĂ©tĂ© [Migrations and Society]. Vol. 27. N°157: p. 149-166.
  • Wang Simeng. 2014. « Enfant abandonnĂ© en Chine puis domestique en France ? Que suis-je pour eux ?!» « Obligations familiales Ă  rebours » des enfants migrants d'origine chinoise Ă  Paris. [‘Abandoned child in China then servant in France? What am I to them? !’ Phenomenon of “reverse parenting obligations among Chinese families in Paris.] Enfances, Familles, GĂ©nĂ©rations [Childhood, Families, Generations]. N° 20: p. 21-44.
  • Wang Simeng. 2013. « HandicapĂ© ? C’est insulter ma descendance et aussi mes ancĂȘtres ! » NĂ©gociations autour de l'inscription de l’enfant d’origine chinoise Ă  la MDPH. [‘Disabled? It is insulting my offspring and also my ancestors!’ Negotiations about the registration of children of Chinese origin to the Disabled people departmental house in Paris]. Terrains & travaux [Grounds and works]. N° 23: p.77-92.
  • Wang Simeng. 2013. Analyses sociologiques des pratiques de l’interprĂ©tariat-mĂ©diation en pĂ©dopsychiatrie : l’exemple des familles d’origine chinoise Ă  Paris. [Sociological analyses of translation and mediation practices in child psychiatry: the example of Chinese families in Paris] Enfances & Psy. [Childhood & Psy]. N° 56: p. 136-146.
  • Wang Simeng. 2012. « Une vie qui est ailleurs » : Une sociologie des troubles mentaux Ă  travers le parcours d’un adolescent d’origine chinoise Ă  Paris. [‘Life is elsewhere’: contribution to a sociology of mental health through the analysis of a second-generation Chinese teenager’s trajectory in Paris] Lien social et politiques. [Social tie and policies] <N° 67: p. 233-248.

In Chinese
[12]Wang Simeng. 2014. â€œæŠ‘éƒç—‡æ‚Łè€…äș’ćŠ©èĄŒäžș研究”[Solidarity among patients diagnosed with ‘depression’: ethnographic study in a psychiatric hospital in Beijing], æ€æƒłæˆ˜çșż Thinking. N° 6: p. 62-65.

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