Book Review: Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon

Book Review: Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon

‘Returning to Reims’ by Didier Eribon moved me profoundly. This book is about suffering, pain and shame related to one’s social background. Through showing his personal story of social exclusion, cutting ties with his working class origins, Eribon explores a number of important themes including the history of France over the last 100 years, how France political sphere has changed, how working class people moved from voting for the left-wing to now the right-wing parties.

‘Returning to Reims’ is partially a memoir, partially a sociological study.

Eribon was born into a working class family in a small town in France. He left it to pursue an academic career to become a well known social theorist.

A large part of this book is dedicated to the issue of shame related to one’s SOCIAL IDENTITY in context of SOCIAL and ECONOMIC INEQUALITIES.

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