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Livia Velpry

Lecturer in Sociology, Université Paris 8

Contact: livia.velpry(at)




My research has focused for many years on mental health care practices. I first studied changes in life course when serious mental disorders appear and that psychiatry plays a role of both risk and resource, around the notion of social experience of mental illness. I then became interested in the regulation of the restrictive dimensions of care and support practices, in the field of mental health, as well as in the forms taken by the taking into account of the consent of the person, within a collective multidisciplinary research project, the Contrast collective. My recent research areas have been secure units and the management of behavioral disorders in the context of care.

More recently, I am exploring new research questions around the treatment of disruptive behaviors in situations where verbal communication is not possible. I am interested in both the process of qualifying people's abilities and intentions, formalizing the know-how that is developed in care and support practices, interpreting behaviors and responding to them. the body dimension of care practices. I study these questions in the Non Conformes network, which brings together researchers in social sciences and clinicians and relies on comparative research, particularly between France, Chile and Brazil.

Thesis supervision in progress

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