Jablonka et la question du sujet en sciences sociales Academic Article uri icon


  • With its compelling portrait of a young woman who was savagely murdered after having endured various forms of male violence throughout her life, Ivan Jablonkas Latitia ou la fin des hommes also provides a stark depiction of French society and politics in the second decade of the twentyfirst century. In deconstructing the sensationalism of the conventional crime story, the researcher-narrator seeks to draw as near as possible to the vivacious, yet fragile young woman while at the same time viewing her life in relation to various sociological and historical contexts defining its parameters. Jablonkas own singular investment in the investigation and narration of Latitia thus poses the question of subjectivity in the social sciences. Recalling the landmark stances of Claude Lvi-Strauss and Emmanuel Lvinas, this article argues that Jablonkas insistence on the explicit intervention of the researcher-narrator offers an epistemological gain and more precise knowledge.

published proceedings

  • French Politics Culture & Society

author list (cited authors)

  • Bracher, N.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Bracher, Nathan

publication date

  • January 2018