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. 

Ceron-Anaya is working on a book manuscript entitled: Privileged Space: Class, Race, Gender, and Golf in Mexico, currently under contract with Oxford University Press. This is the abstract of the book: 

Privileged Space is a book about inequalities, social hierarchies, and privilege in today’s Mexico City. Based on ethnographic research conducted in upscale golf clubs and in-depth interviews with upper-middle and upper-class golfers, as well as working-class employees, the book reverses the analysis of inequalities by focusing on wealth. Using rich qualitative data, this work examines how social hierarchies are relations produced through a multitude of everyday practices, such as notions of fashion, sense of humor, and daily oral interactions. Privileged Space not only analyses class, but also examines how racial and gender dynamics reaffirm social hierarchies and, thus, reproduce 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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