Catherine Baker

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Catherine Baker
Born (1947-07-16) 16 July 1947 (age 69)
Lille, France
Occupation Journalist, essayist

Catherine Baker (born 16 July 1947 in Lille) is a French journalist and unschooling essayist. She has also more recently written against the whole prison system, arguing for a complete abolition. Some of her books were later re-edited and their full text made freely available online.


  • 1982 : Balade dans les solitudes ordinaires ("Wandering Through Ordinary Loneliness"), ISBN 2-234-01543-X. A book which beside its main subject contains many rich psychological, sociological and metaphysical insights.
  • 1985 : Insoumission à l'école obligatoire ("Refusing Submission to Obligatory School System"), ISBN 2-7360-0028-5. Explaining the failings of the school system and her choice of unschooling her daughter.
  • 2005 : Pourquoi faudrait-il punir ? ("Why should we punish?"). Advocating complete abolition of the prison system.

External links[edit]

  • (French) Tahin Party - Her new publisher, including full texts of Insoumission à l'école obligatoire and Pourquoi faudrait-il punir ?.
  • (French) Against Prisons - Supporting website of Pourquoi faudrait-il punir ?