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« Martine Segalen. Entretien avec Alain Morel »

Alain Morel & Martine Segalen
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“Martine Segalen. Interview with Alain Morel”, collection “L’Ethnologie en héritage”, n°20, director : Gilles Le Mao ; producer : Gilles Le Mao & Stéphane Jourdain /La Huit, 2016, 180 min.

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Martine Segalen, ethno-sociologist, graduated from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris and holds a doctorate in ethnology. Her thesis was devoted to the study of kinship in Lower Brittany. She was a researcher at the CNRS (1971–1996), at the Centre d’ethnologie française which she directed from 1986 to 1996. As this laboratory was associated with the Musée national des arts et traditions populaires, she also developed museographic experience. At the University of Paris-Nanterre, she held a professorship (1996–2007) in the Department of Sociology, and then directed the journal Ethnologie française until July 2017. Her work, combining anthropological and sociological approaches, has examined the multiple dimensions of the family institution, both in France and in Europe : parenthood, transmission of heritage, couple relationships, intergenerational relations, new parentalities, status of children, etc. Sociologie de la famille, first published in 1981, is now in its seventh edition. In addition to her numerous publications on the family, Martine Segalen has also taken an interest in Contemporary Rites and Rituals (3rd edition) which are part of a long tradition or have been transformed to celebrate new identities. She has also found, in running, both a form of personal fulfilment and a new anthropological field.

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