Jean-Pierre Le Goff

Guest at the 2018 Books & Music Festival

Jean-Pierre Le Goff was born in the suburbs of Cherbourg, to a fisherman father and a mother born to small traders. He could have worked in the slaughterhouses, or become a veterinarian because he was a good student. He will become a sociologist, after some high school rebellions and hectic studies at the University of Caen. But a sociologist, he is already a child. He thus retained everything he observed in family behavior, the beginnings of mass consumption, the war so far and so close, the Tintins and the Pocket Book, the cinema, the catechism and the funerals, La Hague at atomic hour, advertising, city lights, women's daily lives, yéyés… So many structures and ruptures that herald the shift in May 68. Fifty years later, to avoid misinterpretations and recuperations, nothing more legitimate than this story, published by Stock: The France of yesterday, the story of an adolescent world, from the 1950s to May 68.

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