Université de Strasbourg

David Le Breton

Chair of Anthropology of Contemporary Worlds

David Le BretonDavid Le Breton is professor of Sociology and Anthropology and member of the European Dynamics (DynamE) unit at the University of Strasbourg, and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). His research focuses on representations of the human body and the analysis of risk behaviour. He has, furthermore, worked on and written about topics such as pain, silence, and the face.

David Le Breton has written around 30 books, including the influential Anthropologie du corps et modernité, of which the first edition was published by the Presse Universitaire de France (PUF, 1990, latest edition in 2016). Recent publications include Rire : une anthropologie du rieur (2018, Métailié), Tenir. Douleur chronique et réinvention de soi (2017, Métailié), Disparaitre de soi. Une tentation contemporaine (2015, Métailié), Sociologie du risque (2017, PUF, « Que sais je ? »), Expériences de La Douleur. Entre destruction et renaissance (2010, Métailié), Eclats de Voix. Une anthropologie des voix (2011, Métailié) and Marcher. Eloge des chemins et de la lenteur (2012, Métailié). Around 60 different translations of his books have been published in a dozen languages, including Sensing the World: An Anthropology of the Senses (2017, Bloomsbury Publishing - originally published in French with the title La Saveur du monde : une anthropologie des sens (2006, Métailié)).  David Le Breton was co-editor of the Dictionnaire de l’adolescence et de la jeunesse (2010, PUF) and editor of 16 collective works. He has published 213 book chapters and 163 peer-reviewed articles. He sits on the editorial boards of over 15 scientific journals, and is a member of numerous other boards and committees.

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