Hugo Ceron-Anaya

Hugo Ceron-Anaya
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Essex, 2009.
31 Williams Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015


Privilege / Inequalities; Class, Race, and Gender; Latin America; Latin@s; Social Theory.



Hugo Ceron-Anaya is a professor of Sociology at Lehigh University. His work focuses on social inequalities and privilege, examining how class, race, and gender impact the behavior and perceptions of affluent people. He is particularly interested in the wide array of ordinary and everyday practices that reproduce social inequities. 

His book Privilege at Play: Class, Race, Gender, and Golf in Mexico, with come out with Oxford University Press in May 2019. This is the abstract of the book: 


Privilege at Play is a book about inequalities, social hierarchies, and privilege in contemporary Mexico. Based on ethnographic research conducted in exclusive golf clubs and in-depth interviews with upper-middle and upper-class golfers, as well as working-class employees, the book reverses the discussion of inequalities by focusing on wealth instead of poverty. This study makes use of rich qualitative data to demonstrate how social hierarchies are relations reproduced through a multitude of everyday practices. The vast disparities between club members and workers, for example, are built on traditional class indicators, such as wealth, and, on more subtle expressions of class, such as notions of fashion, sense of humor, perceptions about competition, and everyday oral interactions. The book incorporates race and gender perspectives to the study of inequalities, illustrating the multilayer condition of privilege. Although Mexicans commonly attributed racial relations a marginal part in the reproduction of inequities, the book explains how affluent individuals frequently express racialized ideas to describe and justify the impoverished condition of workers. Privileged Space demonstrates the necessity, even urgency, to reconsider the role of racial dynamics when studying social inequalities in Mexico. The analysis of gender relations shows how men maintain a dominant position over their fellow female golfers, despite the similar upper-class origins of both male and female club members. Finally, social space plays a central role in the analysis of inequalities. The book argues that the apparent triviality of space makes it a highly effective way to convey social hierarchies and, thus, to reinforce privilege.


Ceron-Anaya studied a BA in History at the National University of Mexico, 1998. He continued his graduate education in the United Kingdom, where he completed a MA in Sociology at the University of Essex, 2002. He stayed in the same institution to complete a PhD in Sociology, 2009.  


Research Interests

Dr. Ceron-Anaya is interested in developing a sociological understanding of power that captures the multiple ways in which power shapes life opportunities. In doing so, he wants to examine how class, race, and gender articulate a set of structures of subordination that impact life trajectories in a myriad of combinations. He argues that a more complex understanding of power and domination will help us to explain why communal action against social inequalities is hard to achieve and even sometimes opposed by excluded communities. 


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