Daniel Bertaux

Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

Daniel Bertaux

Daniel Bertaux is a French sociologist who is best known internationally for initiating a research approach using life stories (that is, interviews focusing on the interviewee’s experiences when working or living within a given occupational or social ”world”). Bertaux worked as CNRS full-time researcher in sociology for his whole career, beginning in Pierre Bourdieu’s research centre, then moving to the one led by Raymond Boudon, and still later on to Alain Touraine’s one, thus learning from each of these creative thinkers with radically diverse theoretical orientations while keeping his own intellectual independence. He spent one year as Scholar in residence of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, meeting Albert O. Hirschman, Clifford Geertz and Michael Walzer. After having served for four years as Research Vice-President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), he founded in Paris in 2002 the Association Française de Sociologie.