Eric D. Widmer

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Trajectories



What types of personal trajectories characterize individuals born since world War II? Is there a single, predominant type, is there a small but varied group of types, or no clear typification at all? What logic underlies these types if they exist? In this regard, several hypotheses can be found in the literature that can be summarized by two pairs of contradictory statements. The first pair concerns the standardization versus individualization of trajectories; the second pair is about the presence of a unique model of trajectories versus two models, differentiated according to gender. In the late nineties, I with colleagues René Levy and Jacques-Antoine Gauthier tested these hypotheses using optimal matching as applied to retrospective data. The Pavie group pursue in this line of research focusing on cohabitation trajectories, and in developing methodological tools in collaboration with bioinformaticiens and statisticians.

Professional trajectories of women and men.
Overall, the hypothesis of pluralization of personal trajectories and conjugal interactions received mixed support from the data considered in this research. For men, statistical analysis revealed the presence of one dominant type of trajectory, characterized by almost continuous employment exercised full-time. The non-standard, more chopped and heteroclite trajectories, characterized by periods of training, part-time jobs and various interruptions, only concern a minority of men and do not represent a clearly identifiable model or trajectory type. So we can conclude that men's trajectories are essentially centered on full-time employment, and that for them, the hypothesis of a general pluralization of work patterns is clearly rejected by the data. To the contrary, the persistence of a strong “standardization” of men's trajectories is confirmed. In clear contrast, women's trajectories follow several distinct models, only one of which is similar to the dominant male trajectory. The four main models are: the “homemaker” where there is a continuous focus on the home; full-time employment (with a decrease between 25 and 35); part-time employment throughout the trajectory; and fourthly women who re-enter the work environment after a period as homemaker. Only a very small minority of women do not follow one of these patterns. This “bounded diversity” of female trajectories clearly follows a logic of social insertion, as the models we found are strongly associated with the number of children born to the couple, their level of education and birth cohort. The hypothesis of individualization corresponds only to a very small number of women's trajectories. Therefore, one should emphasize the fact that both male and female personal trajectories follow a limited set of sequential models. A large proportion of men's trajectories correspond to the tripartition model (Kohli, 1985). For women, several models exist; although more varied, they are limited in number and depend on insertion in the social structure. Thus, in both cases, the hypothesis of far-reaching pluralization of personal trajectories has to be rejected for the couples residing in Switzerland. Our results reject also the hypotheses stipulating a single, gender-neutral trajectory type, along with a gender-typed dichotomy of trajectories, and clearly favor our fifth hypothesis of restricted variation dependent on elements of social insertion.

Family trajectories
Te issue of how family ties of individuals change through life trajectories is central,as one of the main assumption of the configurational perspective is that families are ever evolving through time, in ways that are never fully intended by individuals belonging to them. Life trajectories provide many opportunities for new interdependencies to shape family configurations. Marriages, births, sicknesses, residential moves, divorces, or deaths of family members at the same time destroy and create family interdependencies. In a series of papers, I have tried to estimate the extent to which current family trajectories differ from the well ordered view of family change proposed by the family developmental model.

Methodological innovations
I have been dealing with various methodological issues associated with building typologies of life trajectories, in collaborations with statisticians, bioinformaticians and social science methodologists. One major methodological problem in analysis of sequence data is the determination of costs from which distances between sequences are derived. If this problem is rather new in the social sciences, it has some similarity with problems solved in bioinformatics for three decades. In this article, we propose an optimization of substitution and deletion/insertion costs based on computational methods. We provide an empirical way of determining costs for cases, frequent in the social sciences, in which theory does not clearly promote one cost scheme over another. Using three distinct datasets we tested the distances and cluster solutions produced by the new cost scheme in comparison with solutions based on cost schemes associated with other research strategies. We found that the proposed method performs well compared with other cost setting strategies, while it alleviates the justification problem of cost schemes.



List of references


Cesnuitytè, V., Detlev, L., Widmer, E.D. eds. (2017). Family Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London. p. 331. Ref bibtex | description |



Cesnuitytè, V., Widmer, E.D., Detlev, L. (2017). Introduction. In : Cesnuitytè, V., Widmer, E.D., Detlev, L. (eds). Family Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London. p. 1-37. Ref bibtex | description |



Detlev, L., Widmer, E.D., Cesnuitytè, V. (2017). Conclusion: Changes and Continuities in European Family Life. In: Cesnuitytè, V., Detlev, L., Widmer, E.D. (eds). Family Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London. pp. 317-331. Ref bibtex | description |



Ganjour, O., Widmer, E.D. (2017). Family Salience across Nations: Configurations of Morphological Conditions. In: Cesnuitytè, V., Detlev, L., Widmer, E.D. (eds). Family Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London. pp. 35-59. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., Spini, D. (2017). Misleading Norms and Vulnerability in the Life Course: Definition and Illustrations. Research in Human Development . Vol. 14(1). pp. 52-67. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Bianchi-Demicheli, F., Ammar, N., Bolmont, M., Dosch, A., Favez, N., Van der Linden, M., Widmer, E. (2016). Une approche neurobiologique, psychologique et sociologique du désir sexuel et de la satisfaction sexuelle. Revue Médicale Suisse. Vol. 12, pp. 551-555. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Kellerhals, J., Widmer, E.D. (2016). Shades of individualisation: Narratives of middle-class women in a Swiss urban context about the families "they live by". Families, Relationships and Societies. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Ruey, J., Rosenstein, E., Gouveia, R., Widmer, E.D. (2016). Le devenir professionnel des diplômés en sciences sociales entre 2005 et 2015. Sociograph N°29, pp. 152.

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Giudici, F., Widmer, E.D. (2015). Gendered Occupational Shifts in the Transition to Parenthood: The Influence of Personal Networks. Sociology. pp. 1-21.

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Ammar, N., Gauthier, J.-A., Widmer, E.D. (2014). Trajectories of intimate partnerships, sexual attitudes, desire and satisfaction. Advances in Life Course Research. Vol. 22, pp. 62-72. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Gauthier, J.-A., Widmer, E.D. (2014). Trajectoires migratoires des personnes confrontées à des violences collectives en ex-Yougoslavie: le cas de la Bosnie (1990-2005). Migrations Société. Vol. 26, n°1, pp. 31-41.

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Widmer, E.D. (2013). Editorial of the special issue "Geographical Mobilities and Family Lives". Comparative Population Studies. Vol. 38, n°2, pp. 229-232. description | full text



Widmer, E.D., Ritschard, G. (2013). Tous égaux devant la pluralisation des parcours de vie ? Déstandardisation des trajectoires familiales et professionnelles et insertions sociales. In: Gaudet, S., Burlone, N., Lévesque, M. Repenser la famille et ses transitions. Repenser les politiques publiques. Presses de l'Université de Laval. pp. 79-110. description | full text



Widmer, E.D., Ritschard, G. (2013). Parcours de vie: une pluralisation "encastrée". In: Burnay, N., Ertul, S., Melchior, J.-P. (eds) Parcours sociaux et nouveaux desseins temporels. Collection "Investigations d'anthropologie prospective". L'Harmattan, pp. 293-316.

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Gauthier, J.-A., Widmer, E.D. (2013). The Destruction of Multiethnic Locations: Markers of Identity and the Determinants of Residential Trajectories. In: Spini, D., Elcheroth, G., Corkala Biruski, D. (eds). War, Community, and Social Change. Collective Experiences in the Former Yugoslavia . Springer. pp. 85-98. description |



Levy, R., Widmer, E.D. eds. (2013). Gendered life courses between individualization and standardization. A European approach applied to Switzerland. Lit, Verlag, Wien. p. 393. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Levy, R., Widmer, E.D. (2013). Preface. In: Levy, R., Widmer, E.D. Gendered life courses between standardization and individualization. A European approach applied to Switzerland. Lit Verlag, Wien, pp. 1-10. description | full text



Ertul, S., Melchior, J.-P., Widmer, E.D. (2013). Travail, Santé, Education. Individualisation des parcours sociaux et inégalités. L'Harmattan. p. 296. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Ertul, S., Melchior, J.-P., Widmer, E.D. (2013). Introduction. In: Ertul, S., Melchior, J.-P., Widmer, E.D. (eds). Travail, santé, éducation. Individualisation des parcours sociaux et inégalités. L'Harmattan, pp. 7-12. Ref bibtex | description |



Müller, N.S., Sapin, M., Gauthier, J.-A., Orita, A., Widmer, E.D. (2012). Pluralized life courses? An exploration of the life trajectories of individuals with psychiatric disorders. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. N°58, 3, pp. 266-277. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., Gauthier, J.-A. (2011). Le modèle développemental à la lumière des trajectoires familiales contemporaines: confirmation ou remise en question? In Joye, D., Pirinoli, C., Spini, D., Widmer, E.D. (eds). Parcours de vie et insertions sociales. Seismo Verlag, Zürich, pp. 150-167. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., (2010). "Qui est je?" ou la difficile construction de soi dans l'hypermodernité. Grand Résumé de l'ouvrage de Vincent de Gaulejac, Qui est je? Sociologie clinique du sujet. Paris, Editions du Seuil, 2009.SociologieS. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Gauthier, J., Widmer, E. D., Bucher, P., & Notredame, C. (2010). Multichannel sequence analysis applied to social science data. Sociological Methodology, vol. 40, n°1, pp. 1-38. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Sapin, M., Spini, D., Widmer, E.D. (2010). I percorsi di vita. Dall'adolescenza alla vecchiaia. Bologne, Il Mulino, Bologna. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Viry G., Hoffmeister H., Widmer E.D. (2010). Early life course relocation: effects on motility, mobility and social integration. In: Collet B., Schneider N. Mobile living across Europe. Volume II. Causes and consequences of job-related spatial mobility in cross-national perspective. Leverkusen-Opladen: Barbara Budrich, pp. 153-171.

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Widmer E.D., Kaufmann V., Viry G. (2010). The process of becoming mobile. In: Collet B., Schneider N. Mobile living across Europe. Volume II. Causes and consequences of job-related spatial mobility in cross-national perspective. Leverkusen-Opladen: Barbara Budrich, pp. 113-129.



Burton-Jeangros, C., Widmer, E.D. (2009) Introduction in Burton-Jeangros, C., Dannefer, D., Widmer, E.D. (eds) Cumulative and Compensatory Effects over the life Course : Introduction. Cumulative effects over the life course. Swiss Journal of Sociology, vol. 35, n° 2, pp. 183-192. Ref bibtex | description |



Ernst Stähli, M., Le Goff, J.-M., Levy R., Widmer,E.D. (2009). Wishes or Constraints? Mothers’ Labour Force Participation and its Motivation in Switzerland. European Sociological Review, vol. 25, n° 3, pp. 333-348. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Gauthier, J.-A., Widmer, E.D., Bucher, P. Notredame, C. (2009). How much does it cost? Optimization of costs in sequence analysis of social science data. Sociological Methods and Research, vol. 38, n° 1, pp. 197-231. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Oris, M., Widmer, E.D., de Ribaupierre, A., Joye, D., Spini, D., Labouvie-Vief, G., Falter, J.-M., eds. (2009). Transitions dans les parcours de vie et constructions des inégalités. Lausanne, Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer E.D., Ritschard G., Müller N. (2009). Trajectoires professionnelles et familiales en Suisse: quelle pluralisation ? In Oris M., Widmer E.D., de Ribaupierre A., Joye D., Spini D., Labouvie-Vief G., Falter J.-M. Transitions dans les parcours de vie et construction des inégalités. Lausanne, Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, pp. 253-272. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., Ritschard, G. (2009). The de-standardization of the life course: Are men and women equal ? Advances in Life course Research, vol. 14, n° 1-2, pp. 28-39. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Viry,G. and Kaufmann,V. and Widmer,E.,D. (2008).Switzerland -Mobility: A life stage issue? In: Schneider, N. F. and Meil, G.(Eds). Mobile living across Europe. Relevance and Diversit of Job-Related Spatial Mobility in Six European Countries. Opladen and Farmington Hills, Barbara Budrich Publishers, pp. 189-228. Ref bibtex | description |



Levy, R., Bühlmann, F., Widmer, E.D. (2007). Dual and single career couples in Switzerland: Exploring partners’ trajectories. Journal of Family Research, vol. 3, pp. 263-289.

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Levy, R., Gauthier, J.-A., Widmer, E.D. (2007). Entre contraintes institutionnelle et domestique: Les parcours de vie masculins et féminins en Suisse. Revue canadienne de sociologie, vol. 31, n° 4, pp. 461-489. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Sapin, M., Spini, D., Widmer, E.D. (2007). Les parcours de vie: de l’adolescence au grand âge. Savoir suisse, Lausanne. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Levy,R., Ghisletta,P. Le Goff,J.-M., Spini,D.,Widmer,E. (2006).Why look at lifecourses in an interdisciplinary perspective;? In: Levy R., Ghisletta P., Le Goff J.-M., Spini D., Widmer E.(Eds). Towards an Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Life Course. Elsevier science, New York. Ref bibtex | description |



Levy, R., Ghisletta, P., Le Goff, J.-M., Spini, D., Widmer, E.D., eds.(2005). Towards an Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Life Course. Elsevier science, New-York. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer,E. and Kellerhals,J. and Levy,R. (2005).What pluralization of the life course? An analysis of personal trajectories and conjugal interactions in contemporary Switzerland In: Kriesi, H. P., Farago P., Kohli M., Zarin-Nejadan M.(Eds). Contemporary Switzerland: Revisiting the Special Case. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 38-60. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer,E. and Levy,R. and Kellerhals,J. (2005).Devenir parents, quel impact sur l’activité professionnelle et le fonctionnement conjugal? In: Editions l’Hèbe(Eds). Eloge de l’altérité. 135-154, Lausanne, pp. 135-154. Ref bibtex |



Pollien, A., Gauthier, J.-A., Widmer, E.D. (2004). Données du questionnaire biographique du Panel Suisse de ménages. Ref bibtex | full text



Widmer,E. and Levy,R. and Gauthier,J.A. (2004).Insertion dans le champs professionnel et dans le champ familial dans les données du Panel suisse des ménages In: E. Zimmerman, R. Tillmann(Eds). Vivre en Suisse 1999-2000. Une année dans la vie des ménages. Peter Lang, Bern, pp. .95-104. Ref bibtex |



Widmer, E.D., Levy, R., Hammer, R. Pollien, A., Gauthier, J.-A. (2003). Entre standardisation, individualisation et sexuation: une analyse des trajectoires personnelles en Suisse. Revue suisse de sociologie, vol. 29, n° 1, pp. 35-67. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Recent scientific presentations

Sapin, M., Widmer, E.D. Personal networks and vulnerability in the life course. XXXVII Sunbelt Conference of the International network. Beijing, 30-4 mai 2017.


Widmer, E.D., Sapin, M., De Carlo, I. Contextes familiaux significatifs, effets de parcours de vie, de genre et de niveau d'éducation. Congrès de la Société suisse de sociologie, 21-23 juin 2017.


Widmer, E.D., Fasang, A. Diverse family formation trajectories and their consequences for coparenting. Colloque organisé par l'Université de Berne, le 10 décembre 2014.


Widmer, E.D., Ammar, N. Trajectoires relationnelles et désir sexuel. Présentation dans le cadre du séminaire "Statistique pour sciences sociales et démographie". Université de Genève, 20 février 2014. 20 février 2014.


Widmer, E.D., Gauthier, J.-A., Aeby, G., Joye, D., Roch, P.-A. Life trajectories and social capital in Switzerland: A two-cohort study. Conference at the International Sociological Association. Ankara, 13th-16th May 2013. 15th May 2013.


Widmer, E.D., Ganjour, O. Personal networks and family support norms in the different types of Welfare States: a quantitative approach. Interim meeting of the European Sociological Association (ESA) research network 13 "Families, care and work facing the challenges of a globalized world: policies, practices and service". Milan, Italy, 13th-15th September 2012. .


Widmer, E.D., Aeby, G., Gauthier, J.-A., Joye, D., Roch, P.-A. The influence of family trajectories on personal networks. ESFR Congress, Families in a Changing Europe. Challenges, Conflicts and Intervention. Norway, Lillehammer, 26th-29th September 2012..


Widmer, E.D, Aeby, G., Sapin, M. Methodological and substantive challenges in measuring vulnerability across the life course. International Workshop, Lausanne. 18th-19th June 2012..


Widmer, E.D., Gauthier, J.-A. Cohabitational trajectories against the family developmental model: an application of optimal matching on family issues. Lausanne Conference on Sequence Analysis (LaCOSA). University of Lausanne, 6th-8th June, 2012..


Widmer, E.D. Contemporay life paths : Between plurality and inequality. Colloque de l'European Society for Research on the Education of Adults - Life History and Biographical Research Network (ESREA). University of Geneva, 3-6 March 2011. 5 March 2011..


Widmer, E.D., Giudici, F. My choice of theirs ? Social network effects on occupational changes during the transition to parenthood. International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). Sunbelt XXX. Italy, Trento. 29 June – 4 July 2010. 1st July 2010..


Trois thématiques, autour de la dé-standardisation des trajectoires de vie et des inégalités sociales. Conférence invitée au séminaire ERIS, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales. Paris, 6 avril 2009.


Dario Spini, Eric D. Widmer: Transitions, inégalités et parcours de vie: l'expérience lémanique. Colloque Transition dans le Parcours de Vie et Construction des Inégalités. Colloque lémanique IRIS, Université de Genève, 20 juin 2008.


Co-organisation du colloque Transition dans le Parcours de Vie et Construction des Inégalités. Colloque lémanique IRIS, Université de Genève, 20-21 juin 2008.


Research meeting Trajectoires familiales et réseaux sociaux . ISCTE. Université de Lisbonne, 6-7 octobre 2008.


Sigrist René, Widmer Eric. D. The 18th century Republic of science : an inquiry into the networks and identities of the emerging men of science. In: Workshop Jean André Deluc (1727-1817) and the emergence of modern science. European Institute of Geneva, University of Geneva and Voltaire Museum, 16th-19th April. April 18th, 2008.


Les Suisses font-ils moins confiance ? Effets de cohortes et de période sur le capital social en Suisse. Prof. Eric D. Widmer, Yvan de Carlo. Département de sociologie et LaboDemo. Population et Sociétés. Séminaire de recherche. Université de Genève, 8 avril 2008.


Typologies et modes de conjugalité. Conférence invitée aux premières assises francaises de sexologie et de santé sexuelle. Strasbourg, 3 avril 2008.


Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe. Modern Mobile Living and its Relations to Quality of Life. Organization of the consortium meeting. University of Geneva, March 7th-8th, 2008.


Eric D. Widmer et Ivan De Carlo. Why do we trust institutions less and other people more than we used to ? The impact of cohort replacement and historical periods on social capital in Switzerland. Conference in the Workshop : Value Change in Switzerland. University of Zurich, March 13, 2008.


Invitation en conférence plénière au séminaire international : Loving and working in Europe. ISCTE, University of Lisbon. Title of the talk: Labour force participation in the light of family life: motivations, constraints and consequences. February 14-15, 2008.


Patterns of residential trajectories in former Yugoslavia: optimal matching analyses. Paper presented at the TRACES-SCOPES meeting, in Morges, Switzerland, January 9th-12th 2008. January 9, 2008.


Gil Viri, Vincent Kaufman, Eric D. Widmer. Spatial anchoring of social networks faced with commuting. Cosmobilities Network conference 2007, Institute of Sociology, University of Basle, 7-8 September 2007. September 8, 2007.


Eric Widmer and Marlene Sapin: Family Configurations over Time: How and Why do they change? Presentation at 8th Annual Conference of the European Sociological Association Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society, Glasgow, 3rd - 6th September, 2007. September 4, 2007.


Isolated or over-embedded family configurations of 60 individuals followed in psychotherapy. Paper presented at the conference of the Swiss Psychological Association. Zürich, September 13, 2007.


Conférence plénière: Le réseau familial. Présentation au Colloque Au-delà de la crise ? De la déconstruction à la création de nouveaux liens dans la famille, Association Internationale Francophone des Intervenants auprès des familles séparées (A.I.F.I). 24-26 mai 2007. LYON - France. 24 mai 2007.


Marriage optimization driven by macrosociological objectives. Paper at the International Workshop on Computational and Financial Econometrics 20-22 april, 2007.


With J.-A. Gauthier. Multichannel sequence analysis applied to the transition to adulthood. Conférence donnée dans le cadre du congrès Interim meeting of the European Sociological Association research network Familes and intimate lives. Lausanne, Switzerland, March, 14th-16th, 2007. Organized jointly by the universities of Lausanne and Helsinki. Beyond the nuclear family: families as webs of relationships .


Family research and the social network approach: crossfertilization. Interim meeting of the European Sociological Association research network Families and intimate lives, Lausanne, Switzerland, March, 14th-16th, 2007. Organized jointly by the universities of Lausanne and Helsinki. title of Conference: Beyond the nuclear family: families as webs of relationships. 14 mars 2007.


With J. A. Gauthier and René Levy. Life courses of women and men in Switzerland as shaped by institutional and domestic constraints. Conférence du module Life course research de la 4th international conference of Panel data users in Switzerland. Neuchâtel, February 23th and 24th, 2007 .


With Dominique Joye. Cumulative effects and the life course : conceptualizations and operationalizations in panel data . Conference du module Life course research de la 4th international conference of Panel data users in Switzerland. Neuchâtel, February 23th and 24th, 2007. 23 fevrier 2007.


Recent public interventions


Quelles trajectoires de vie pour les femmes en Suisse, entre vie familiale et vie professionelle ? Présentation à l'Association Genevoise de Femmes Diplômées (AGFDU). Le 2 novembre 2013.
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Organisation du module 8 "Familles, égalité des chances et développement personnel", certificat de perfectionnement en politique sociale. Université de Genève. 27-28 mai 2010..

Déjeuner sociologique de l'Université de Genève, département de sociologie. Présentation de M. Michel Oris, "les chemins de la reproduction. Parcours de vie et normes sociales dans l'Eurasie préindustrielle." Discutant, Eric Widmer. 17 mars 2010..

Participation à l'émission Faut pas croire . La famille va-t-elle disparaître? Samedi 22 octobre, TSR1, 13h15. 22 octobre 2008.

Interview pour la tribune de Genève sur les individus qui retournent vivre chez leurs parents. Parutation prévue pour le jeudi 16 octobre. octobre 13.

Conférence à ASTRAG ( ASsociation pour le TRAvail Groupal thérapeutique et social). http://gallicarminati.com/astrag/staff.html. Centre de Lavigny, 27 septembre 2008. 7 octobre 20.

Les grands mobiles entre carriere professionnelle et vie familiale Volet suisse de l'enquete Job Mobilities and Family Lives Demi-journee d'etude, EPF-Lausanne, 8 septembre 2008 Vincent Kaufmann, Gil Viry, Eric D. Widmer 8 septembre 2008.

Interview avec une journaliste du pelerin magasine a propos de la sortie en livre de p oche de mesures et demesures du couple en octobre. .

Review de l'article Mapping the male class career patterns in Britain : An application of the Modified optimal algorithm Sociological Methods and Research .

Interview a la radio Romande, au journal du matin, a propos du mariage et du divorce en Suisse 29 mai 2008.

Interview sur les raisons du non-mariage a Antoinette Prince, l'Objectif 21 mai 2008.

28 mai 2008 21 mai 2008.

Interview a l'Hebdo sur les raisons du divorce. .

Relations familiales et trajectoires de vie des patients souffrant de troubles psychiques . Conference au 1er Forum du GREPSY. LE GREPSY (Groupe genevois de reflexion et d'echange en sante psychique). Equilibre d'un mouvement en autonomie. Geneve, 22 mai 2008. 22 mai 2008.

Table ronde sur les familles recomposees autour du livre Papattes. Stand Payot. Salon du livre. Geneve, samedi 3 mai. 3 mai.

Animation d'un debat sur le parcours de vie dans le cycle de conferences et de documentaires regards sur le social . Jeunes et espace public. Universite de Fribourg 30 avril 2008.

avec C. Robert-Tissot. Communication. Reseaux familiaux et sante mentale. Resultats aux Temps 1 et 2. Recherche a la SGIPA. Societe Genevoise pour l'Integration Professionnelle d'Adolescents et d'Adultes. 17 mars 2008.

Presentation au cycle de conferences Un soir. Un livre .Cret-Berard, Puidoux. Parcours de vie. De l'adolescence au grand âge. Avec Marlene Sapin 12 mars 2008.

Interview a l'Echo magazine 11 fevrier 2008.

Interview dans le Temps du 21 janvier sur les divorce parties. 21 janvier 2008.

Presentation de la sociologie aux tables rondes organisees par la region des delices du College de Geneve 22 janvier 2008.

Frontieres et deviances. Introduction sociologique. Eric Widmer Departement de Sociolgie. Presentation aux eleves du Gymnase de Morges, travaux de maturite en histoire 21 janvier 2008.

Les solos d'aujourd'hui ?trajectoires de vie et insertions relationnelles. Conference de Diaconie, Berne, 22 mai 2007 22 mai 2007.

Article dans Männer. Die Dauer der Liebe nach Beziehungstyp 27 avril 2007.

Interview dans Cooperation. «Le divorce, dans l'ombre du mariage‚» 30 mars 2007.

Emission sur les couples sur One FM 29 janvier 2007.

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