Research interest

– Youth, life course and social emotions (anger, hope, loneliness) 
– International and intra-national comparisons
– Intergenerational relationships in contemporary societie
– Mixed methods: statistics, interviews, ethnography

Why is there so much anger today against the « system »? What are the revolts and hopes shared by the younger generations worldwide? Are we increasingly alone? These are just some of the questions I raise in my research. To answer them, I’m developing a comparative sociology of life courses from an international perspective, with an increasing focus on social emotions (social anger, loneliness, hopes) and their modes of politicization.

Main ongoing research
Today, this perspective is reflected in three main lines of research:

« Youth, Revolts and Hopes : an International Comparison »
My latest research focuses on anger, silence and resistance in the life courses of young adults, based on a comparative study conducted in Montreal, Santiago de Chile, Hong Kong, Paris and Madrid (funded by the Canada research Chair Program). In this research, I am interested in collectivized anger in the form of youth social movements, but also in the individual, quieter revolts that can erupt within the life courses themselves, without the possibility of collective expression. To date, this research has mainly led to publications on youth social movements of recent years, in particular on the rise of a global discourse of generational injustice (International Sociology), on student protests (Compare), or on the use of slogans in social movement research (Social Movement Studies). Other publications are in preparation.

This research is currently being pursued through a collective travelling study of youth revolt and hope in Quebec and Ontario (see here an article in CBC News or an audio on Radio Canada), funded by the SSHRC Insight Program.

« Loneliness Throughout Life Course » :
At the same time, I am conducting research on the experiences of loneliness throughout the ages of life: my goal is to reveal different faces of loneliness, often socially invisible. In particular, I am trying to understand the current development of youth loneliness, as well as the relationships between solitude and digital bonds.

This line of research has given rise to several articles, including one on the loneliness experienced by young people during the pandemic (International Journal of Adolescence and Youth), and another on the sociology of loneliness (Sociologie et sociétés), as well as a summary in the book 50 questions de sociologie.

Finally, I’m coordinating a collective research project on mental health problems among young people, to gain a better understanding of the social trials associated with them, the relationship to care and forms of access to mental health resources in different social environments (funded by the SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant). This research is taking place in the Quebec context, and has given rise to a number of articles, including one on the relationship to diagnosis and care trajectories in mental health (Reflets), one on intervention issues in mental health (Revue du CREMIS).

In the same vein, I have coordinated a research project on Becoming an adult during a pandemic, the exploratory results of which were published in the Revue du CREMIS, in order to better understand why young adults were so strongly affected by the pandemic.

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