Inequalities and Social Class

Topics, Main Paradigms and Future Development
International Conference, 29-30 june 2017
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International Conference

Inequalities and Social Class:
Topics, Main Paradigms and Future Development

Center for Studies in Social Change (OSC)

29-30 june 2017

Provisional Program

Do we still live in class societies? Is the classical approach to social inequalities, political divisions and lifestyles still relevant?

Do we still live inside class societies? Is the classical approach to social inequalities, political cleavages or lifestyles still relevant?

This conference, organized over two full days at the initiative of the Center for Studies in Social Change (OSC), calls into question the current concept of “class” in the contemporary social sciences. It will bring together specialists from a wide range of thematics, theoretical and methodological backgrounds. With a broad international lens, the conference will draw on the comparison of various national contexts (including United States, United Kingdom, India, Brazil, Argentina).
Throughout the contributions, we will examine the explanatory power of the different existing theoretical models and their renewal, in contexts that are often disconnected from the European and North-American framework in which these theories were initiated and developed in the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention will be paid both to the generating mechanisms of class relations and their inclusion in various domains of social life: politics, lifestyles, and geography, especially within urban areas and large metropolises. The conference will focus specifically on the relationships between changes in the wealth distribution (the soar in high-income, the increased importance of heritage) and contemporary transformations of class boundaries and class relations. Emphasis will also be placed on the articulation between the division of society into classes and social mobility trajectories. Two cross-cutting questions will be central to these inquiries: what sort of theories of social class are relevant for the 21st century? How can micro (ethnographic, qualitative) and macro-social (quantitative, structural) approaches be used in a complementary way?
The format of the conference (about fifteen speakers) will allow time for open discussion between the speakers and all conference participants. Papers will be presented in English.

Papers will be presented in English.
Scientific Coordination: Philippe Coulangeon and Marco Oberti.


  • Edmond Préteceille (CNRS, OSC)
    La dimension urbaine des processus de recomposition des classes sociales dans la métropole parisienne
  • Louis-André Vallet (CNRS, OSC)
    Intergenerational mobility and social fluidity in France over birth cohorts and across age: the role of education
  • Daniel Oesch (Université de lausanne)
    L’espace politique tripartite et le nouveau vote de classe. Une analyse électorale pour l’Europe de l’ouest
  • Carlos Antonio Costa Ribeiro (UERJ, NIED)
    Class mobility in Brazil: 1973 to 2014
  • Louis Chauvel (Université du Luxembourg)
    Repatrimonialisation: le rôle de la richesse dans le retour des classes sociales
  • Mathieu Ferry (ENS Cachan), Jules Naudet (CEIAS, EHESS), Olivier Roueff (CRESPPA-CSU, Université Paris 8)
    In search of the Indian Social Space. A multidimensional portrait of social stratification in India
  • Geoffrey Wodtke (Université de Toronto)
    Classes in the 21st Century: Death, Decomposition, or Resurrection?
  • Yasmine Siblot (CRESPPA-CSU, Université Paris 8), Olivier Masclet (Cerlis, Université Paris Descartes), Isabelle Coutant (IRIS, EHESS)
  • Agnès van Zanten (CNRS, OSC)
  • Pedro López-Roldán, Sandra Isabel Fachelli Oliva (UAB-IET, Barcelone)
    Mobilité et stratification sociale en Espagne et en Argentine
  • Mike Savage (LSE)
    Social class and inequality in contemporary London

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