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Edgar Morin’s Leçons d’un siècle de vie

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Leçons d’un siècle de vie.

Morin, Edgar.

2022.  Paris: Pluriel.

Edgar Morin is probably the most influential French sociologist that the English-speaking world has never acknowledged. He has more than twenty honorary degrees from universities that work mainly in French, Spanish or Italian and research centres named for him in Sicily and Peru, as well as in Paris. A special …

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Fighting for injection in Paris

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Figure 1: Non-safe-injection site behind Paris’ Gare du Nord, February 2016 (all photos by author).

The first time I ever saw a person shooting up was right behind Paris’s Gare du Nord railway station in 2015. He was crouched in front of the low concrete wall in the picture (Figure 1). I had met André[1] when I volunteered at …

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Sharing responsibilities, coping with the coronavirus: why Swedish and French response strategies are not that different

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Citizens, governments and academics spend much time these days with one activity: making comparisons.[1] National response strategies to cope with the coronavirus are compared, as well as whether these strategies are based upon expert knowledge and/or political decisions. These comparisons have a strong national focus. Why nations with a large spread of the virus – such as France, Italy …

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Covid-19 and global health, seen from France: the end of a “great divide”?

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Note — this text is an updated version of an article published in French by Analyse Opinion Critique (AOC) on April 3rd, 2020.

On March 13th, 2020, an aircraft lands at the airport in Rome and stops on the tarmac. Nine people get off the plane and immediately stop next to the jetbridge for a group …

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Neglecting the Dead in Times of Epidemics

Translated by Christos Lynteris*

“No.” The response of the French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe to a viewer of the Journal de 20h programme of the France 2 TV channel was indeed “terrible to hear.” No, she could not attend the funeral of her friend, who had passed away two days earlier. It was now forbidden by the law. Albeit “very …

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Book Forum – Hervé Guibert’s Cytomegalovirus: A Hospitalization Diary

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A quarter-century after it was written, Hervé Guibert’s Cytomegalovirus reads both as a vital document of a particular moment in the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and as a wonderfully spare account of the banal humiliations and little triumphs of hospitalization in the shadow of a then-terminal illness.  Republished with a luminous Introduction by David Caron and a wide-ranging and

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