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Nicolas Dodier, Dr.

Professor of Sociology

Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm)

École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris

Born in 1957 in Paris
Studied Sociology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris


The Mechanisms of Redress: a Sociological Approach

The construction of mechanisms ensuring the proper redress for the harm suffered by people, individually or collectively, as a result of detrimental events is an important issue in any society. In contemporary societies, this means looking into areas of study as diverse as judicial institutions, private and public compensation systems, victims' rights groups, the media, memorial devices, and medical and psychological care, all of which contribute to redress, albeit in different ways. Various scientific disciplines (psychology, psychiatry, neurosciences) have sought to precisely analyze victims' responses and to identify the general patterns characteristic of these responses. Economics provides tools to reveal the preferences of individuals faced with the various options offered to them after an accident. Legal science develops normative frames to organize and control redress practices. My current research aims to contribute to this field by using the tools offered by sociology, as well as those provided by anthropology and history. The project seeks to shed light on the complex normative work victims carry out around each of the mechanisms they are faced with. Based on an inquiry on the victims of a public health disaster in France and on a comparative approach to frameworks of redress, it aims to spark further studies on other domains (political violence; environmental and technological disasters).

Recommended Reading

Dodier, Nicolas and Janine Barbot. "The Force of Dispositifs." Annales: Histoire et sciences sociales (English edition) 71, 2 (2017): 291-317.
Barbot, Janine and Nicolas Dodier. "Victims' Normative Repertoire of Financial Compensation: The Tainted hGH Case." Human Studies 38, 1 (2014): 81-96.
Barbot, Janine and Nicolas Dodier. "Rethinking the Role of Victims in Criminal Proceedings: Lawyers' Normative Repertoire in France and the United States." Revue française de science politique (English edition) 64, 3 (2014):

Publikationen aus der Fellowbibliothek

Dodier, Nicolas ( Paris, 2018)
Les objets composés : agencements, dispositifs, assemblages Raisons pratiques ; 28

Dodier, Nicolas ( Paris, 2016)
The force of dispositifs

Dodier, Nicolas ( Dordrecht, 2015)
Victims’ normative repertoire of financial compensation : the tainted hGH case

Dodier, Nicolas ( Paris, 2014)
Rethinking the role of victims in criminal prosecution : the normative prepertoire of lawyers in France and the United States

Dodier, Nicolas ( Paris, 2003)
Leçons politiques de l'épidémie de sida Cas de figure ; 1

Dodier, Nicolas ( Paris, 1995)
Les hommes et les machines : la conscience collective dans les sociétés technicisées Collection Leçons de choses

Dodier, Nicolas ( Paris, 1993)
<L'>expertise médicale : essai de sociologie sur l'exercice du jugement Collection Leçons de choses


Politics and Law - An Interdisciplinary Dialogue between Social and Legal Sciences