Gilles Guiheux is a professor at the University de Paris, a researcher at CESSMA and a senior member of the IUF. His work lies at the intersection of history and sociology. He has focused on the conditions for the emergence of the private sector in Taiwan and in mainland China, and on the construction of the social figures of the entrepreneur and the consumer. Today he is developing a program on manual labor. He recently published La République populaire de Chine (1949 to the present), 2018, Les Belles Lettres.