Sociology of conflict

The migration, a major political issue

Since ancient times, democratic politics has opposed the poor to the rich. This is the central theme of Aristotle's Politics, that of the Florentine History of Machiavelli where the popolo minuto faces the popolo grasso, that of Marx with the proletarians drawn up against the bourgeois. But for the past twenty years, the poor are no longer opposed to the rich but to the poorest of them, the migrants, although xenophobia is no worse than in the past and the differences in wealth are increasing. The seminar will question this strange change in which migration has become a major political issue in France and will look at similar cases abroad and at other times. Intervene heads of institutions dealing with migration, sociologists and political philosophers French and foreign.

Areas of research

Analysis of the main challenges facing the humanities and social sciences today, in general, with attention to:

  • thinking “holistically” while at the same time linking the various levels of analysis;
  • moving back and forth between theoretical development and concrete knowledge;
  • fostering dialogue between different intellectual approaches;
  • and functioning in true seminar mode, i.e. by opening up new areas and avenues of research instead of presenting results obtained long before.

Practical information

  • Wednesday, 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • Room A3-35 (3rd floor) | 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris
  • Session in French
  • Free entrance


General seminar of Michel Wieviorka and Hervé Le Bras

Published at 15 November 2013