Gender, inequality, discrimination
(Communication - France - French)
Begin 27/06/2013 - 00:00
End 28/06/2013 - 00:00
Venue Paris Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France
Organiser Région Île-de-France « Genre, Inégalités, Discriminations » (GID), l'Institut Emilie du Châtelet (IEC), l'Alliance de Recherche sur les Discriminations (ARDIS).
Gender and discrimination: these two concepts both address questions of domination and equality, but following very different intellectual projects and forms of action. Sex discrimination lies within the domain of gender relations, which explain the reasoning and mechanisms at work in the discrimination. But discrimination can be based on other criteria which also draw on the relations of domination and power historically constituted in society. In many respects, race functions in a similar way to gender, prompting the naturalisation of differences and crystallising them into categories and hierarchies with pretensions to universality. If the concept of gender is intended to denaturalize the difference between the sexes, wrongly reduced to a biological distinction, discrimination concerns inequalities of treatment on the grounds of characteristics that should not intervene in the access to goods or resources. Thus gender, like discrimination, encourages us to reconsider the question of inequalities by deconstructing the mechanisms of hierarchy formation and by proposing glossaries of analysis, and hence of action, which intersect but which can also differ.