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69th Annual

PSS Conference

Engaged Pedagogy through a Sociological Lens

October 11-12, 2019

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pa.

Keynote speaker:  Dr Hugo Ceron-Anaya

Hugo Cerón-Anaya is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University. His work focuses on social hierarchies, inequalities, and privilege, examining how class, race, and gender inform the behavior and perceptions of affluent people. He is particularly interested in the wide array of ordinary and everyday practices that reproduce privilege. He is the author of Privilege at Play: Class, Race, Gender and Golf in Mexico, Oxford University Press, 2019.

“Why Shall Sociologists Study the Privileged?”


Sociologists have a relatively nuanced understanding of the tastes, pastimes, consumption practices, socialization patterns, educational aspirations, perceptions of gender, notions of violence, and racial ideas of the lower classes but a very shallow understanding of the corresponding attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors among upper-middle and upper classes. The limited understanding social scientists and policymakers have about these groups might have inadvertently let them benefit greatly under today’s capitalist system. This talk will offer a reflection of what I have learned by studying the upper-middle and upper classes in Mexico and what are the implications of this knowledge for the United States.

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