Gilles Bibeau
    Gilles Bibeau
    Research Axis
    Fetomaternal and Neonatal Pathologies Axis
    Research Theme
    Bioethics and family study group

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    Career Summary

    Gilles Bibeau initially specialized in African studies and health anthropology. For the last twenty years, he has been involved in the Groupe interuniversitaire de recherche en anthropologie médicale et en ethnopsychiatrie (GIRAME) and has contributed to the enhancement of anthropological knowledge through two journals: Psychotropes, an informative journal about drugs and their uses, which he co-founded and co-directed for ten years, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly, an American journal of which he was the international editor for five years. He also served on the executive committees of many national and international organizations, most notably as president of The Canadian Association of African Studies and The Canadian Council of Area Studies Learned Societies, a coordinating council bringing together professional associations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. While keeping his particular focus on the study of African societies (Congo ex-Zaire, Ivory Coast and Mali), in the last few years, Gilles Bibeau has conducted studies in Latin America (Brazil and Peru) and India. His theoretical and methodological approaches are inspired by interpretative and critical movements.

    From 1966 to 1978, Gilles Bibeau resided in Africa and mainly worked on African medicines and religions, with an eye toward the study of their transformation in urban settings. Since 1978, his research activities have covered three major fields in parallel. He works in medical anthropology, with studies on the following subjects: the ethnography of shooting galleries and drug use contexts, cultures of sexuality and AIDS, burnout and suicide among young Amerindians. As part of an ethnographic study of mental health problems conducted in Abitibi around the late 1980s, the model known as “systèmes de signes, de sens et d'actions” was created with Ellen Corin. This model has been used since 1992 in a wide international comparative study which involves countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. In addition, Gilles Bibeau is leading ethnic studies exploring family unit transformations and identity among migrants of Indian, African and West Indian origin. He also looks at the role of the church and religious groups in immigrant integration and adaptation, ethnography of immigrant youth gangs as well as health and social services adaptation within an immigration context. Lastly, his projects also focus on ethnocriticism of national literature through Québec and Anglo-Canadian comparative literature and through relationships between written and oral African literatures.


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