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La cause des pauvres en France, Frédéric Viguier in conversation with Emmanuelle Saada

In his latest essay, Frédéric Viguier traces the history of the defense of the poor people's rights in France since 1945. He describes efforts by organizations such as ATD Quart Monde and the Federation working on behalf of inhabitants living in temporary camps and cites de transit (Fédération des acteurs de la solidarité dans les campements et les cités de transit) to defend the rights of poor people before public officials, the media, and the academic community. His La Cause des pauvres (Presses de Sciences Po, 2020) also examines how the fight against poverty has been transformed since the 19th century from a social policy of inclusion to a stigmatizing view of individuals seen as too lazy to look for work.


Frédéric Viguier, a sociologist of education and the welfare state in France, is the IFS director of graduate studies, and the Institute's Director of Public Programs.

Emmanuelle Saada is Professor of French and History at Columbia University.

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