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Frédéric Viguier

Clinical Assistant Professor of Institute of French Studies ; Director of Graduate Studies

PhD (Sociology); Agrégation (Philosophy); Ecole Normale Supérieure;

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Poverty and Inequality; The Welfare State; Philanthropy and humanitarianism; Education; Political Sociology; Ethnography.

Curriculum Vitae


My research stands at the intersection of the sociology of culture and education, the study of social hierarchies and stratification, and political sociology. I am particularly interested in the various actors and humanitarian movements that have been promoting education. My book manuscript, La cause des pauvres, examines the “cultural turn” in the representation of the popular classes in France that occurred during the second half of the 20th century. Over the last decades, the popular classes have lost public visibility and consistency in contemporary France while other social classifications have come to the center-stage, such as race, immigration, banlieues, and in particular, poverty and social exclusion.

“Suburbs,” in E. Berenson, V. Duclert and C. Prochasson, The French Republic (Cornell U.P., 2011)

"Pauvreté et exclusion: catégories scientifiques et catégories de l’action sociale,” Regards Croisés sur l’Economie, no.4 (September 2008)

“The Lost Banlieues of the Republic?” Special issue of French Politics, Culture and Society, vol. 24, no. 3, winter 2006: guest editor.

“Maintaining the Class: Teachers in the New High Schools of the Banlieues,” French Politics, Culture and Society, vol. 24, no. 3, winter 2006: “The Lost Banlieues of the Republic?”

“L’Amérique, ça marche. Notes sur une agence d’emploi privée à New York,” Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, no. 138 (June 2001).

Updated on 06/08/2015