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ASOC 23A10 - Significant Topics in Sociology : Gender

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Although gender has long structured social relations and categories of thought, sociological work in France had barely broached the topic before the end of the 20th Century. The objective of this course is to show how gender applies to multiple fields of sociology, whether the sociology of family, work, school, migrations or urban spaces. Far from constituting a “specific” course on gender, this course is therefore, rather, a general sociology course which systematically integrates gender into the study of larger sociological questions, starting with the reproduction of societies through key social institutions such as the family, school or the workplace. The course is organized into 6 principal lectures (24h CM) and 6 discussion workshops (24h TD). The workshops will discuss the obligatory readings (1 for every 2-hour session) as well as the concepts broached in the lectures, and link them to current debates on gender inequality (such as parity laws or the #metoo movement on sexual harassment).


  • DEMONTVALON, Prune (Directrice)
  • SCHUFT, Laura (Enseignante chercheure)

Pedagogical format

1. Introduction - What is gender? What are sociological studies on gender about? - Sex, gender and nature Obligatory reading: Anne Fausto-Sterling, Sexing the body. Gender politics and the construction of sexuality, Basic Books. Chapter 4: “Should there be only two sexes?”, p. 78-114, 2000. 2. Gendered socialization - Socialization Obligatory reading: Kane, E. “‘No Way My Boys Are Going to Be Like That!' ”: Parents' Responses to Children's Gender Nonconformity.” Gender & Society, vol. 20, n°2, pp. 149-176, 2006. - School Obligatory reading: Edward Morris “‘Tuck in That Shirt!' Race, Class, Gender, and Discipline in an Urban School”. Sociological Perspectives, vol. 48, n°1, pp. 25-48, 2005. 3. Gendered institutions - Work Obligatory reading: Adia Harvey Wingfield, “Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men's Experiences with Women's Work”, Gender & Society, vol. 23 n°1, pp. 5-26, 2009. - Health Obligatory reading: Will Courtenay, “Constructions of masculinity and their influence on men's well-being: a theory of gender and health”, Social Science & Medicine, n°50, 2000. 4. Gender and intersectionality - Intersectionality Obligatory reading: Patricia Hill Collins, Black Sexual Politics. African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism, NY, Routledge, 2004, Chapter 3 (pp.87-116) : “Prisons for Our Bodies, Closets for our Mind”. - Gender and sexuality Obligatory reading: Michael Kimmel, “Masculinity as Homophobia. Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity”, in Brod H. and Kaufman M. (dir.) Theorizing Masculinities, Thousand Oaks, Sage, 1994.   5. Mobility and space - Public space Obligatory reading: Stéphanie Condon, Marylène Lieber, Florence Maillochon "Feeling unsafe in public places : understanding women's fears", Revue française de sociologie, vol. 48, supplément, 2007, pp. 101-128. - Migrations Obligatory reading: Florence Lévy, Marylène Lieber, "Sex and emotion-based relations as a resource in migration: Northern Chinese women in Paris", Revue Française de Sociologie – English Issue, vol. 52, supplément, 2011, pp. 3-28. 6. Gender and politics - Gender and (post)colonial power Obligatory reading: Ann Laura Stoler, « Introduction. Genealogies of the intimate. Movements in colonial studies », in Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2010 [2002]. - Politics and social hierarchy Obligatory reading: Eric Fassin (2010). “National Identities and Transnational Intimacies: Sexual Democracy and the Politics of Immigration in Europe”. Public Culture, 22(3), pp. 507-529.

Course validation

The final exam constitutes 1/3 of the course grade, while the discussion workshop grades constitute the remaining 2/3 of the course grade. The discussion workshop grade is constituted by: a mid-term exam (30%), an oral presentation (30%), and participation and compliance with homework (10%).

Required reading

Kimmel, Michael S., Amy Aronson & Amy Kaler (2015). The Gendered Society Reader, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press.

Additional required reading

  • Bereni, Laure, Chauvin, Sébastien, Jaunait, Alexandre, et Revillard, Anne (2012), Introduction aux études sur le genre, Bruxelles, de Boeck.
  • Clair, Isabelle (2012), Sociologie du Genre, Armand Colin.
  • Neveu, Erik et Guionnet, Christine (2009), Féminins-masculins: sociologie du genre, Paris, Armand Colin (2ème édition)
  • Achin, Catherine (2005), “Un « métier d'hommes » ? Les représentations du métier de député à l'épreuve de sa féminisation”, Revue française de science politique, vol. 55, n° 3, p. 477–499
  • Butler, Judith (1999 [1990]), Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Routledge
  • Connell, R. W. (2005), Masculinities, Cambridge, Polity Press.
  • Delphy, Christine (1998), L'ennemi principal, 1. Economie politique du patriarcat, Paris, Syllepse
  • Achin, C., & Bereni, L. (2013). Genre et science politique. Concepts, objets, problèmes. Paris: Presses de Sciences po/ Sociétés en mouvement
  • Dorlin, Elsa (2008), Sexe, genre et sexualités : introduction à la théorie féministe, Paris, PUF

Senior lecturers

  • DEKKER, Mischa (ATER)
  • SELEK, Pinar (Maitre de conférence contractuel)