Kevin Geay: Splitting Hairs? Theoretical and Methodological Lessons from Sociological Works on Rich People’s Problems

Drawing on both his own ethnography of the French bourgeoisie, as well as a number of contributions particularly from French sociology, Kevin Geay discusses important lessons for the sociology of elites.

When: 15.Oct 2020 10:15 – 12:00
Where: Zoom. Please use this link

We know what kind of obstacles encounter popular classes when it comes to voting, mobilizing, taking legal action, etc., but we know little of those encountered by the upper classes. Since the 2010s, such observation has led more social scientists to try and take «rich people’s problems» seriously. This approach opens avenues of research, but raises new methodological difficulties.


Kevin Geay recently published the results of his ethnography in Paris’ «beautiful neighborhoods» in «Enqête sur les bourgeois: aux marges des beaux quartiers» — Investigation of the bourgeois: on the fringes of ‘beautiful neighbourhoods’. For more information about the book, please go to this link.


This webinar is organized by The Classes and Elites Research Seminar.

Facebook event here.