Aurelien BOUCHER


Aurelien BOUCHER


Education Background:
Phd in Sociology (Nantes University, FRANCE)
--Thesis title: “Table tennis top-level athletes training system and reform in contemporary China: From Mao’s oblate to self-made man”.

MA in Sociology, in Sociology (Nantes University, FRANCE)
--Thesis title: “From official discourse to unofficial interest: An analysis of a local sport administration policy”
Teaching Area

General Education


Researchgate: ORCID:


Sport, educational strategies, social differentiation, modernity and individuation process



·         2008: Boucher, A. (2008). La Naissance du Sport en Chine, Paris: Publibook. (English Title: The birth of sport in China.)


Articles in peer review journals:

·          Boucher Aurelien, Li Yuqing and Shao Xueyun (2021). Being a golf trainer in China: The life of an artist?. DOI: 10.1177/1747954121998012•           

·         Boucher A. and Benjamin Taunay (2021). Fragmented authoritarianism in action: An analysis of interaction between researcher and archivist in the People’s Republic of China, DOI: 10.1080/23257962.2021.     

·         Tian LY and Boucher A. (2021). Stratifying lifestyle and social class in urban China. Chinese Sociological Review (forthcoming). DOI: 10.1080/21620555.2021.1872017

       Boucher A and Shao XY. (2020). Precariousness on the Green: The Labor Situation of Chinese Golf Trainers. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 2020;44(4):316-335. 

       Boucher A.(2019). When sport performance meets market socialism. Revue Européenne des sciences sociales. Vol 57-2, Issue 2, 259-287

       Boucher A. (2018).“What If Social Science Methods Had No Homeland? Detour via a Sociohistory of the Chinese State through Its Archives. China Perspectives. 2018/4:11-19.” 

·         Boucher A. (2017). Les archives de la République Populaire de Chine: Raisonner sur et raisonner avecHistoire Sociale/Social History, vol ., n°101. English title: P.R.China’s archives: reasoning on and reasoning with.

·         Boucher.A (2013). Penser l’école à travers le sport (et vis versa). Statégies scolaires et engagement sportifs des pongistes chinois. Cahiers de Recherches sur l’Education et les Savoirs, n°14, 227-244. English title: Think sport through school and vice-versa. Education strategies and sport career of Chinese table tennis players.

·         2010: Boucher, A. (2010). Les Usages politiques des politiques publiques et des enquêtes sociologiques. L’instrumentalisation d’une politique sportive départementale et de son évaluation. Sport et sciences sociales, n°3, 157-192. English title: The political use of public policy and of their evaluation. The case of a local sport policy and of its evaluation

·         2008: Boucher, A. (2008). The introduction of sport in ChinaChina Perspectives, 2008-01, 50-56.


Book chapter:

·         Boucher.A (2014). Zhongfa hezuo xiangmu_Qinghua daxue zhongfa zhongxin yunzuo ji guanli in Zhang Lihua & Wang Liang. Zhongguo wenhua waijiao ji yingxiang (pp.218-227). Beijing : Zhizhi chanquan chuban she

·         Boucher, A. (2011). Servir la population et/ou servir les élus : comment les cadres territoriaux se représentent-ils leur action ? in Mollet, F. Servir: Engagement, dévouement, asservissement les ambigu?tés du lien social. (pp.81-92). Paris : L’Harmattan .

English Title: Serve people or serve politician: How local government officer define their own work?


Book review:

·         Boucher A. (2018). Review of Laurence Roulleau Berger, “Post-western Revolution in Sociology”, for Theory Culture & Society. 

·         Boucher A. (2013). Lu Xueyi, Li Peilin, Chen Guangjin (eds.), 2013 nian Zhongguo shehui xingshi fenxi yu yuce (Analyses and projections for Chinese society in 2013), China perspectives, 2013/3, 101-102.