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Hugrée Cédric - CRESPPA - UMR 7217-CSU

Cédric Hugrée

Sociologist, Researcher at the CNRS


Areas of Research

  • Social Classes
  • Inequalities
  • Students
  • State
  • Public Sector
  • Ethnography and quantitative analysis
 

Current Research Projects

Cédric Hugrée works on the sociology of education and on the sociology of inequalities between social groups.

During his thesis, he first worked on the transformations in the schooling of girls from working-class backgrounds. He thus tried to show that the appropriation of higher education by the working class was mainly the result of the upper fractions of these backgrounds. These courses of study most often go through the first cycles of universities and concern mostly girls. They are not reducible to failures in the french massified university of the 2010s, but can on the contrary be analysed as honourable schooling that leads to reasonable upward mobility.

When he was recruited to the CNRS within the CRESPPA laboratory, his research also focused on social inequalities at the European level. With Étienne Pénissat and Alexis Spire, he has analysed the way in which social and national inequalities have created a Europe of social classes where social groups from different member states are confronted.

More recently, he has chosen to re-open the question of ordinary categorisations of the social world (with Laure de Verdalle) and has embarked on an analysis of the new school selection regime that affects the entry of students into higher education (with Tristan Poullaouec).

 

Publications

Books

Cédric Hugrée, Etienne Penissat and Alexis Spire, Social class in europe: new inequalities in the old world, translated by Rachel Gomme and Sanya Pelini, Brooklyn: Verso Books, April 2020, 224 p.

Over the last ten years the issue of Europe has been placed at the centre of major political conflicts, revealing profound splits in society. These splits are represented in terms of an opposition between those countries on the losing and those on the winning sides of globalisation. (...) Lire la suite...



Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat et Alexis Spire, Les classes sociales en Europe, Agone, coll. « L’ordre des choses », 2017 - 264 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur : « Les classes populaires européennes ont été touchées de plein fouet par la crise : l’expérience du chômage et de la précarité fait partie de leur quotidien et constitue un marqueur qui les distingue des autres classes Un autre trait récurrent est la pénibilité physique au (...) Lire la suite...



Philippe Alonzo and Cédric Hugrée, The Sociology of Working Class, Paris, Armand Colin, Coll. 128, 2010

" Démunis ", " exclus ", " nouveaux pauvres "... A l’heure où les conséquences économiques et sociales de la crise financière fragilisent ceux qu’un ministre avait un temps désignés comme " La France d’en bas ", Philippe Alonzo et Cédric Hugrée reviennent sur les travaux et enquêtes sociologiques qui ont (...) Lire la suite...



Nathalie Beaupère, Lucile Chalumeau, Nicolas Gury, Cédric Hugrée, Early Dropout in Higher Education , La Documentation Française ; Observatoire national de la vie étudiante (OVE), Coll. Panorama des savoirs, 2007

Près de 90 000 jeunes par an sortent sans diplôme de l’enseignement supérieur. Cet ouvrage présente une synthèse des travaux consacrés à ce problème. Après une présentation méthodologique, une première étude montre en quoi l’enseignement supérieur de masse peut être propice à l’abandon. La deuxième, plus (...) Lire la suite...



 

Edition of books and special issues

Cédric Hugrée, Paul Lehner et Jean-Baptiste Paranthoën (dirs.), « Mobilités professionnelles : contextualisations et incidences », Genèses, no 122, Belin, avril 2021, 192 p.

Premières lignes de l’introduction « Érigés en norme pour « faire carrière » dans certains milieux professionnels, les changements d’emplois sont surtout indissociables du risque accru d’être au chômage et de l’essor des emplois précaires, notamment en début de vie active (Rouxel et Virely 2012). Les (...) Lire la suite...



Lorenzo Barrault-Stella, Philippe Bongrand, Cédric Hugrée and Yasmine Siblot (eds.), ‘Relationships to school as relationships to the state’, Politix, Issue 130, April 2020, 202 p.

In France, several research traditions have studied the school system, its development, and more particularly the social inequalities of schooling and their consequences in terms of the social and symbolic differentiation of social groups. However, these studies have rarely been concerned with (...) Lire la suite...



Séverine Chauvel et Cédric Hugrée (dirs.), "Higher education: The art and ways to select", Sociologie, 10(2), July 2019 — p.173‑224 p.

« En juillet 2017, la nouvelle ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche annonçait l’abandon d’« Admission Post-Bac » (APB), le système informatique d’affectation des bachelier.e.s dans les différentes filières de l’enseignement supérieur français. Critiqué par la plupart des organisations (...) Lire la suite...



 

Main Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Cédric Hugrée, Paul Lehner, Jean-Baptiste Paranthoën, « Mobilités professionnelles : contextualisations et incidences », Genèses, 2021/1 (n° 122), pp. 3-8 - English Abstract
  • Lorenzo Barrault-Stella, Philippe Bongrand, Cédric Hugrée et Yasmine Siblot, "Relationships to school as relationships to the state", Politix, 2020/2 (n° 130), p. 7-22 - English Abstract
  • Lorenzo Barrault-Stella, Cédric Hugrée, "Control the school, instrumentalize the state? Relationships to school and public institutions among the upper classes", Politix, 2020/2 (n° 130), p. 103-135 - English Abstract
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat, Alexis Spire, "Is There a European Working Class? Social Domination and National Relegations in Europe”, Social Sciences, Issue n°11, pp. 96-113 - Find it here
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat, Alexis Spire, "Working conditions as a marker of inequalities between socio-professional groups in Europe", Revue européenne des sciences sociales, vol. 57-2, n° 2, 2019, pp. 163-190 - English Abstract
  • Cédric Hugrée, Laure de Verdalle, « The Words to Say It (Or Not). Formulating Hierarchies and Social Differences », L’Année sociologique, n°69-2, 2019, pp. 471-502 - English Abstract
  • Séverine Chauvel, Cédric Hugrée, Introduction au dossier « Higher Education: The art and ways to select. Introduction », Sociologie, n°2 Vol. 10, 2019, English Abstract
  • Yaël Brinbaum, Cédric Hugrée, Tristan Poullaouec, "50% to the bachelor’s degree... but how? Young people from working class families at university in France ", Economics and statistics, n°499, 2018, pp. 81-106 - Full Text
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat, Alexis Spire, « Social and national determinants of cultural inequalities in Europe - Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, vol. 219, no. 4, 2017, pp. 98-115 English Abstract
  • Cédric Hugrée, "The Social Sciences and Social Mobility. The Stakes of a Statistical Imbalance in Relation to Intergenerational Social Mobility", Politix, n°114, 2016/2, p. 47-72- English Abstract
    Selected for "The worrying decline in social mobility", Cairn’s Dossier, In Volume 3, Issue 7, August 2019 - Full Text
  • Cédric Hugrée, “Good” Students? How Does One Land a University Degree?”, Regards croisés sur l’économie, 2015, n°16, pp. 51-68 - English Abstract
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat, Alexis Spire, "The Distinctive Features of Public Sector in Europe : A Comparative Study Based on the Social Morphology of Wage Earners", Comparative Sociology, n°14-2, 2015, pp. 252-273- Full Text
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat, Alexis Spire, “Differences Between Public and Private Sectors Employees Following the Managerial Turn in European States”, Revue Française de Sociologie, 2015, 56-1, pp. 47-73 - Full Text
  • Cédric Hugrée, Laure de Verdalle, "The Criticality of Status. “Civil Servants” and “Self-Employed” as Categorisations of the Social World", Sociologie du travail, 2015, 57-2, pp. 200-229 - English Abstract
  • Sibylle Gollac, Cédric Hugrée, “Being 30 Years Old in Public Sector in 1982 and in 2002”, Revue Française d’administration publique, 2015, n°152, pp. 23-43 English Abstract
  • Cédric Hugrée, “Towards New Uses of Competitive Examinations for Public Employment?” Travail et emploi, 2011, n° 127, - pp. 67-82 - English Abstract
  • Cédric Hugrée, "Teaching or Nothing?" Academic Routes, Social Aspirations, and Employability of Graduates from the Lower Middle Class , Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, n°183, 2010 - pp. 72-85 - English Abstract
  • Cédric Hugrée, “The Working Classes and University: a Bachelor Degree... Then What?”, Revue Française de Pédagogie, n°167, 2009 - pp. 47-58 - English Abstract
  • Cédric Hugrée and Abigaïl Kern, “Observing Telephone Surveyors: The Paradoxes of the Rationalization of Statistical Production”, Genèses, n°72, 2008 - pp.102-118 - English Abstract
 

Others articles

  • Cédric Hugrée, « In Memoriam. Yves Dutercq (1956-2020) », Sociologie, 2020/4 (Vol. 11), p. 345-345 - accessible ici
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat, Alexis Spire, « Workers Are on the Frontline of a Second Wave of COVID-19 », Jacobin, 06.13.2020 - article
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat, Alexis Spire, « Les plombiers polonais et français, des frères ennemis ? Panorama des classes sociales en Europe », Mouvements, vol. 100, n° 4, 2019, p. 82-88 - résumé
  • Simon Duteil, Cédric Hugrée, Etienne Penissat, Zélia Molinari, « Education dans le 93, ou la politique de la corde coupée », Libération, 15/04/2019 - article
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat, Alexis Spire, « Des frontières de classes transnationales ? », Savoir/Agir, 2019/2 (N° 48), p. 53-63- résumé
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat, Alexis Spire, « La France au miroir de l’Europe. Métamorphoses des classes populaires », Le Monde Diplomatique, Mai 2017 - article
 

Books Chapters

Reading

 

Presentations

Presentations (in english)
  • Yaël Brinbaum, Cédric Hugrée, Tristan Poullaouec, "Taking and passing a Bachelor Degree. Working-Class French Students in the French University", 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, "(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities", Athens, Août 2017 - English Abstract
  • Cédric Hugrée, Étienne Penissat et Alexis Spire, "Are there still differences between public and private sector in Europe?" ECSR Conference, Tillburg University, 14-16 octobre 2013
 

Teaching

  • Mobilités sociales (3h), Formation enseignants de SES, Académie de Limoges, Novembre 2020
  • Avec Jérôme Deauvieau, Thomas Amossé, Julie Maurice, Etienne Pénissat, Léa Talbot et Laure de Verdalle, Catégoriser le monde social (36h), Atelier du DSS ENS Ulm, 2015-2019
  • Mobilités sociales (4h), Préparation agrégation sciences sociales, ENS Lyon, 2018, 2019
 
 

Dissertation and Academic Distinction

Dissertation

  • The Great Escape. Schooling and carrer paths of French university graduate students from a working-class background (1970-2010)
    - Directed by : Stéphane Beaud (CMH-ETT/École Normale Supérieure)
    - The goal of this thesis is to analyze the schooling and career paths of French university graduate students from a working-class background. The first part deals with the emergence, at the end of the 1960s, of the specific issue of studentship, which gradually focuses on their integration into the workplace. Only preoccupied with the immediately, highly profitable training courses, most observers appear to be particularly unaware of the career paths followed by a whole generation of students —
    the “children of school democratisation”, as Stéphane Beaud calls them. The aim of the second part is to confront this notion with statistical data concerning educational paths, as well as with an ethnographic survey of 22 students who have graduated from the Universities of Nantes and Le Mans from the early 2000’s onwards. That second part brings to light a “higher” social and educational fringe among that very generation of students: the group of those whose scholarships, objectively and subjectively, appear to be honourable. Based on this ethnographic survey, and on various longitudinal data regarding the question of integration into the workplace, the third part then proceeds to examine the experiences of these students in their first jobs. Thus appear the specific issues at stake for working-class students: that is, how to convert an honourable educational path into reasonable perspectives of upward social mobility. Finally, the French phrase “échappée belle” reveals its double layer of meanings: a beautiful breakaway, yet with the feeling of a narrow escape.

Academic Distinction

Laureate of the 2010 Price of the French Student Life Observatory -Website