Chombart de Lauwe, Paul-Henri

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Chombart de Lauwe, Paul-Henri Gender: M
born on 4 August 1913 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Cambrai, France, 50n10, 3e14
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 11°24' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 07°39 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 11°11'


French sociologist, best known as one of the pioneers of urban sociology in France.

He studied philosophy and obtained a degree in anthropology and studied with Marcel Mauss, he obtained a PhD in literature, he also studied at the National School of Fine Arts , considering a moment to become sculptor.

In 1935, he performed fieldwork in Cameroon, after which he finally chose the humanities.

After the defeat of 1940, he participated in the school Uriage frames of Dunoyer de Segonzac , in late 1942, he joined the Resistance and left France via Spain. He entered the French Army of Liberation established in North Africa and serves as a pilot. He campaigned in Italy, the Vosges and Germany. As such, he received the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre .

In 1945, he led within the National Centre of Scientific Research , his first work on urban space, based on aerial photographs. He published a book of aerial photographs in 1948: Aerial discover the world. In 1949, he founded the Group of social anthropology and is particularly interested in working class.

In 1952, the group published a book on Paris and its suburbs. Many sociological investigations lead to the publication of daily life of working families (1956). In 1959, the group became the center of social anthropology.

He entered the EPHE in 1960, where he leads a seminar on the transformation of social life and interaction processes individuals-society groups. After May 1968, he directed his research towards social movements and the role of intellectuals.

He died 11 January 1998.

Link to French Wikipedia


Source Notes

Geslain archive


  • Vocation : Science : Sociology