Discrimination Worldwide: a sociological perspective
- Quartier des favelas à Rio de Janeiro (Photo: skyNext/Shutterstock)
"Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices."
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider
Discrimination and inequalities are pervasive phenomena in any society, but the ways they are built into institutions, laws, political systems, markets and education change across countries and social settings.
This course offers sociological and comparative perspectives on inequalities and discrimination across the world and explores the key mechanisms underlying discriminatory practices. Understanding these processes is key to building a critical awareness about global inequalities.
Each session introduces a new substantive topic about this theme: race, gender, educational inequalities, homophobia, market discrimination, urban inequalities, and the institutional creation of inequalities in many different national contexts, such as France, the USA, Mexico, Vietnam or Namibia.
These case-studies feed students’ reflection on the contemporary world while introducing them to a sociological way of looking at these issues. They will acquire a broad overview of the methods and theories used in sociological inquiry.
Biographie de l'enseignant
Lisa Buchter is a doctoral candidate in sociology enrolled in a joint-Ph.D. program between Northwestern University and CSO-Sciences Po Paris. She studies discrimination, inequalities and activists’ strategies to change corporate diversity policies. She previously studied at Sciences Po and American University (Washington DC) for her Master’s degree in sociology.
Lisa Buchter has taught seminars about research and writing methods and worked as a teaching assistant and as an instructor in sociology, legal studies and international studies. She seeks to bridge the gap between research and action and hopes to become a public sociologist who builds knowledge useful to fight inequalities in the world.