Jeanne Subtil is a PhD candidate in sociology at Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC, Sciences Po, CNRS) in Paris and at Centre Population et Développement (CEPED, Institut de recherche pour le développement, Université Paris Descartes – Paris V).

Jeanne Subtil’s dissertation focuses on trajectories and representations of intimate life and sexuality of Delhi students. Her project aims at understanding the links between empowerment of the youth – and particularly of the young women – and the potential development of forms of intimacy and sexuality that differ from the endogamy, marital, reproduction-oriented sexual system. She is also interested in unveiling the conditions of cohabitation of contradictory sets of norms and the ways the students deal with the tension that exists between the constraints of the prevalent sexual system – conditioned by marriage and its rules –  and the opportunities allowed by a more individualized sexuality which would be to some extent desembedded from the familial and conjugal spheres.

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