Centre Maurice Halbwachs

Group:Chercheurs et Enseignants chercheurs, Chercheurs Permanents

Lise Bernard

Chargée de recherche, CNRS. Professeure attachée ENS-PSL

Personal informations


École Normale Supérieure (département de sciences sociales, bâtiment Oïkos)
48 boulevard Jourdan
bureau R3-24
75014 Paris




Lise Bernard is a sociologist, currently working as a research fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. She is also a faculty member of the Centre Maurice Halbwachs and a Professor of sociology at l’Ecole Normale Supérieure. Her research, which combines ethnography and statistics, focuses on the sociology of work, employment, stratification and social classes. She is notably the author of La précarité en col blanc (Presses universitaires de France, 2017). This book focuses on real estate agents, and describes the backstage of a largely fantasized world and reveals a professional world, that reflects deep transformations within the French society. It helps us think about the ways of working and living in a society where personal services, client relationships and the individualisation of trajectories are becoming more and more predominant. Lise Bernard was also member of a collective research on working classes and on the latest renovation of the French standard occupational classification. She is a member of the editorial board of Sociology. Research areas: social stratification, social classes ; work, service relations ;  self-employment, hybrid situations between salaried employment and self-employment ; social science methods: ethnography, statistics, mixed methods

Phd Students

Directed thematic works or issues

Subaltern Workers in Contemporary France

To Be like Everyone Else

Etre comme tout le monde

Employées et ouvriers dans la France contemporaine

La précarité en col blanc

Une enquête sur les agents immobiliers

All publications


HAL publications (sorted by date)