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Ethnographic and sociological approaches to Inequality

10 hour course by Javier Auyero (University of Texas at Austin and Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Universidad del País Vasco)

  • Schedule: 6 & 7 June (10.00am - 1.00pm / 2.00pm - 4.00pm)

This course delves into the nuanced exploration of how individuals and groups navigate, resist, or perpetuate social inequalities of class, race, and gender within various cultural contexts. While the social sciences have extensively analyzed the objective disparities stemming from these inequalities, there remains a gap in understanding the subjective experiences and responses to these systemic challenges. The central inquiry driving this seminar is a fundamental one: how and why do individuals endure, sustain, or resist the conditions that contribute to their adversity? Through sociological and ethnographic lenses, the seminar examines diverse examples to illuminate potential answers to this pivotal question. Participants will engage with case studies and theoretical frameworks to grasp the complexities of lived experiences and the multifaceted ways in which people negotiate their social realities. Drawing from a range of perspectives, the seminar aims to foster critical discussions on the mechanisms of coping, resilience, and resistance in the face of structural inequities.

Javier Auyero is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor in Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and Interim Director at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. His main areas of research, writing, and teaching are urban marginality, political ethnography, and collective violence. His research has been funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.