He is a specialist in Ethnology. He was a professor of Anthropology and Ethnology at the École des Hautes Études of Social Science in Paris, where he was Director from 1985 to 1995. He was also Research Director of the Insitut Francais de Recherche Scientifique pour le Developpement en Cooperation (ORSTOM) from 1964 to 1970. He went on different missions to Africa, to Ivory Coast and Togo in particular. His thesis on “No-Places” as anonymous spaces has made him internationally famous. His publications include The Underground Traveler, Gedisa, 1987; The Sense of Others, Paidós, 1996; No-Places, Gedisa, 1993; The Impossible Journey, Gedisa, 1998; The War of Dreams, Gedisa, 1998; Towards an Anthropology of Contemporary Worlds, Gedisa, 1995; The reason of our Existence, Gedisa, 2004; and he is co-author with J. Colleyn of What is Anthropology?, Gedisa, 2005.