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DSOC 1225A - Sociology of urban marginalization

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course will deal with the processes of urban marginalization in contemporary cities and societies. We will focus on both macrosocial and microsocial processes (from economic, social and spatial structure to interactions and identity matters) and connect the objective dimension of marginalization to its subjective dimension. We will point out urban relegation, regarding class, territorial and “racial” belongings in a comparative approach, mostly through French, English and American case studies. Banlieues, 'council estates', tower blocks, 'projects', 'slums', 'ghettos'. What are the differences and the similarities? How far can we compare the social dynamics of these spaces beyond stereotypes? How is sociology explaining the relationships between the centre and the margins in an urban and a global context? Each session will be centred on a critical reading of sociological texts and of an analysis of a short movie extract. Each text has been chosen for its particular contribution in the history of urban contemporary sociology. The illustrative movie extract will then be discussed and deconstructed through a sociological eye. This course will also features an introduction to sociological fieldwork with a practical case.


TRUONG, Fabien (Professeur agrégé)

Course validation

Written essay; Fieldwork taster study; Oral presentation in class.

Required reading

  • William Foote Whyte, Street Corner Society. The Social Structure of an Italian Slum, 1943
  • William Julius Wilson, The truly disadvantaged. Inner City, the Underclass and Public Policy, 1987
  • Loïc Wacquant, Urban Outcasts, 2005
  • Jay Mac Leod, Ain't no making it, 2009
  • Linsey Hanley, Estates. An intimate history, 2010