Céline Bessière

Céline Bessière is Professor of Sociology at Paris-Dauphine University (PSL University, IRISSO). She studies the material, economic and legal dimensions of family, in particular through the analysis of inheritance and marital breakdown. She is the author of a book on Cognac winegrowing family businesses (De génération en génération, Paris : Raisons d’Agir 2010) and the co-author of a book drawing on a vast research on family courts in France (Collectif Onze, Au tribunal des couples, Paris: Odile Jacob, 2013).  In 2019, she published a paper in Socio-Economic Review on the gender wealth gap in France: she describes how legal professionals and families contribute to the widening, legitimation and concealment of the gender wealth gap. Her next book, The Gender of Capital, is under contract at La Découverte (with Sibylle Gollac). Her research is at the crossroads of several fields: sociology of law and justice, sociology of gender and family, and economic sociology.

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