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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 (24 hours) and 12 seminar sessions (24 hours). The seminars will discuss the obligatory readings 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).


  • SCHUFT, Laura (Attachée temporaire d'enseignement et de recherches)

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. Extract, chapter 4: “Should there be only two sexes?”, p. 78-114, 2000. 2. Gendered socialization - Socialization Obligatory reading: Aurelia Mardon, « La génération Lolita. Stratégies de contrôle et de contournement », Réseaux, n°168-169, p.111-132, 2011. - School Obligatory reading: Duru-Bellat Marie, « Ce que la mixité fait aux élèves », Revue de l'OFCE, n°114, 2010. 3. Contexts of unequal treatment - Work Obligatory reading: Jacqueline Laufer, “La construction du plafond de verre : le cas des femmes cadres à potentiel ” Travail et Emploi, n° 102, p. 31–44, 2005. - Health Obligatory reading: Courtenay Will, « 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: Alexandre Jaunait, Sébastien Chauvin, « Représenter l'intersection. Les théories de l'intersectionnalité à l'épreuve des sciences sociales », Revue française de science politique, vol. 62, n° 1, p. 5-20, 2012. - 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 control of gendered bodies - Public space Obligatory reading: Stéphanie Condon, Marylène Lieber, Florence Maillochon, « Insécurité dans les espaces publics : comprendre les peurs féminines », Revue française de sociologie, vol. 46, n°2, p. 265-294, 2005. - Migrations Obligatory reading: Florence Lévy, Marylène Lieber, « La sexualité comme ressource migratoire. Les Chinoises du Nord à Paris », Revue Française de Sociologie, vol. 50, n° 4, p. 719-746, 2009. 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]. - Feminist movements Obligatory reading: Laure Bereni, “Penser la transversalité des mobilisations féministes: l'espace de la cause des femmes,” in Les féministes de la deuxième vague, C. Bard (ed.), Rennes, PUR/Archives du féminisme, p. 27–42, 2012.

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 seminar grade is constituted by: a mid-term exam (30%), an oral presentation (30%), a paper (30%) and participation and compliance with homework (10%).

Required reading

Achin, C., & Bereni, L. (2013). Genre et science politique. Concepts, objets, problèmes. Paris: Presses de Sciences po/ Sociétés en mouvement.

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

Senior lecturers

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