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Sylvie Tissot: "Class, Race and Gay-friendliness in Park Slope (New York) and Le Marais (Paris)"

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Klarman Hall, KG42
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853


Abstract: the 2016 Orlando shooting have shown that homophobia is still ingrained in contemporary societies. Yet gay marriage has gained recognition in both countries and opinion polls reveal a growing acceptance. Instead of measuring gayfriendliness, I chose to study it as a social norm, that still relies on presupposition about gay people. Drawing on interviews with upper middle class self-defined straight residents of Le Marais and Park Slope, I examine how while claiming gayfriendliness, they draw moral boundaries that contribute to defining their social identities and upholding their privileges.

Bio: Sylvie Tissot is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Paris-8. Her academic research stands at the intersection of class analysis and urban studies. Her first book L’Etat et les quartiers (2007) examines how the “banlieue” has become a new social problem in France. She is also the author of Good Neighbors. Gentrifying diversity in Boston’s South End (2015), which analyzed the endorsement of “diversity” in upper middle class culture. Her new research project is a comparison of gay-friendly attitudes in New York and Paris. She has been a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies (Harvard University) and the Institute for Public Knowledge (New York University).

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