Dr. Hugo Cerón-Anaya
Social Scientists have a relatively nuanced understanding of the tastes, pastimes, consumption practices, socialization patterns, educational aspirations, perceptions of gender, notions of violence, and racial ideas of the lower classes. But they have a very shallow understanding of the corresponding attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors among upper-middle and upper classes. The limited understanding social scientists and policymakers have about these groups might have inadvertently allowed them to expand their power and privilege during periods of capitalist expansion. Reflecting on the process of studying upper-middle and upper-class elites in Mexico, Dr. Hugo Cerón-Anaya considers the implications of his research for American educators and Schools of Education.
Dr. Hugo Cerón-Anaya is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University. His work focuses on social hierarchies, inequalities, and privilege, examining how class, race, and gender inform the behavior and perceptions of affluent people. He is particularly interested in the wide array of ordinary and everyday practices that reproduce privilege. He is the author of Privilege at Play: Class, Race, Gender and Golf in Mexico, Oxford University Press, 2019.