The University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is pleased to announce the following seminar:
Hierarchy, Inequality and Stratification: classing intersectionality and intersectionalising class
This seminar will take place in EB G.06, Docklands Campus, UEL, E16 2RD
Monday 26th January 2014, 4–6pm
The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at
Abstract: The complexity of social divisions and their inter-relations, both as analytical categories and categories of practice asks us to rethink the terms that we use for understanding both ‘identity’ formations and forms of inequality. In this paper I cross reference debates on class and debates on intersectionality. These debates rarely engage with each other. I will argue that both debates fail in different ways. Intersectionality debates rarely provide a clear analysis of the role of class formation in power relations. Stratification approaches rarely engage with the inter-relationships of different modalities of power, for example around gender and race in ways that don’t subordinate them to ‘class’. I will reflect critically on some approaches to class that attempt to move away from a traditional focus on relations of production and labour markets, thereby attempting to incorporate gender and ethnicity into class theory and the newer more culturally nuanced political economy. I will also consider how intersectional frameworks could be developed in ways that attend more centrally to classed social relations.
An analysis of hierarchy and inequality needs to rethink some major categories of social analysis including notions of materiality and culture (daunting to say the least apropos the Marxisant demise), needs to be more global in scope (surprisingly lacking in the literature given the prominence of debates on globalisation and the critique of methodological nationalism) and consider particularly how transnational mobilities and related social exclusions and boundaries set up new forms of social stratification and inequality. Global inequalities, the challenges to secularism, fundamentalisms and the racialisation of religion are particularly important in the current period.
Bio: Prior to becoming a Professor of Sociology at UEL in 2013 Floya Anthias was Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at the University of Roehampton (where she remains as Emeritus Professor). She has also been Professor of Sociology at the University of Greenwich and Oxford Brookes University.
Her main academic writings have explored different forms of stratification, social hierarchy and inequality, and how they interconnect. Her research spans a range of theoretical and empirical concerns relating to this. This has included a focus on racism, diaspora and hybridity, multiculturalism, gender and migration, labour market disadvantages and class position. Her most recent work has been developing the concept of translocational positionality as a way of addressing some of the difficulties identified with concepts of hybridity, identity and intersectionality. She has published on these issues in a range of top peer reviewed journals.
Floya’s books include Woman Nation State, Palgrave (with N. Yuval Davis), Racialised Boundaries: nation, race, ethnicity, colour and class and the anti racist struggle (with N Yuval-Davis), Routledge, Ethnicity, Class, Gender and Migration, Greek Cypriots in Britain, Avebury, Into the Margins: Migration and Exclusion in Southern Europe, (with G. Lazaridis), Ashgate, Gender and Migration in Southern Europe: women on the move (with G. Lazaridis), Berg, Rethinking Anti-racisms: from theory to practice, (with Cathie Lloyd), Routledge, Paradoxes of Integration: Female Migrants in Europe, (with M. Kontos and M. Morokvasic), Springer, Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration, Palgrave (with M. Pajnik), and Work and the Challenges of Belonging (with M. Pajnik), Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
For more info on CMRB: uel.ac.uk/cmrb