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PhD Position -- The displacements and reshaping of private and public spheres in digital societies:

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General information

Reference : UMR8070-OLIMAR-002
Workplace : PARIS 06
Date of publication : Thursday, August 29, 2019
Scientific Responsible name : MARTIN Olivier
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 December 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Current social and cultural developments (e.g. processes of individualization, and "liquid" modern societies), coupled with the diffusion of digital tools (for communication, information, entertainment, work, education), have contributed to reshape several social boundaries. In particular, it helped redefine those between private and public, professional and family life, leisure and working time, the "home" and public space, some close and more distant family, time of learning vs. the work and leisure time... Recent sociological research findings have led to a better understanding of these trends, particularly with regard to the reshaping of "public" and "private" spaces.
These sometimes fundamental developments led to ways of redefining each of the spheres of life - life for oneself, private life, professional life, public life, etc. Those transformations have also come with problems regarding the ways of each of these spheres are more or less protected. These questions arise on two scales. First at the individual level, it raises questions about individual strategies to protect one's life, privacy, personal information, documents, what is made public and what is strictly private. Second at the collective level, it also brings questions regarding the modalities of public regulation (e.g. data protection legislation, employers' access to private messaging, the use of social networks messages while recruiting) as well as issues about media education and its place in school curricula.
Within this general framework, the doctoral thesis will aim to rethink new forms of balance resulting from changes associated with this plurality of boundaries. Based on a sociology of the individual that aims to place the individual at the articulation of his spheres of existence (personal, conjugal, family, friendly, associative, professional, leisure...), the thesis will simultaneously question the individual's life in these different areas as well as the interactions between these social spaces. In addition, this research will also aim to analyze the policies, regulatory and legislative actors and issues in order to understand how the issues perceived at the individual level and those designed at the collective level articulate and align themselves or not. This linkage can be based on the individual's attitudes, practices and questions, as well as on the ways politics and the legislative think, define and support (or monitor) the individual. Basically, the doctoral thesis will be based on the sociology of the individual fully situated in the digital environment (both its technical aspects and regulatory challenges).
CERLIS constitutes an enabling environment for conducting a thesis on these topics, due to its long-standing investment in sociological issues of individualization, the contemporary individual, family life, work and non-work, education. CERLIS' current transversal "Digital" research axis and the many works that are carried out there on those topics represent an additional asset. The laboratory's strong links with various social science teams will also ease access to less familiar areas of CERLIS (regulatory debate). Within this general framework, candidates are expected to propose a detailed doctoral research project (3 to 4 pages) that specifies their central issue, their methods and expected fieldwork, as well as some bibliographical references.
Candidates will be pre-selected after their applications have been reviewed. The selected candidates will be auditioned at CERLIS, Paris 6e, at the beginning of october.

Work Context

This doctoral research in sociology will be conducted at CERLIS, under the direction of Olivier Martin and the inclusion of other members of CERLIS.

CERLIS is made up of some forty researchers and teacher-researchers. One of the research axes of the laboratory is the "digital". The thesis will be part of this line of research.

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