Hugo Cerón Anaya

Hugo Cerón Anaya is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He aims to reverse the model that only looks at impoverished communities to explore social inequalities. Instead, Cerón Anaya analyses how class, racialized, and gender dynamics inform the behavior, perceptions, and views of the world of affluent people. He is particularly interested in the vast array of ordinary and everyday practices that reproduce social relations of domination in contemporary Mexico. His work seeks to demonstrate the strong relationship that wealth and poverty maintain, showing how we cannot understand one without studying the other.   


Selected Publications:


2019. Privilege at Play: Class, Race, Gender, and Golf in Mexico. Oxford University Press, New York.


Articles and chapters:

2020. “Privilege and Space: An Analysis of Spatial Relations and Social Inequality in Mexico City Through the Lens of Golf.” Storey, A., Sheehan, M., and Bodoh-Creed, J. (eds.), The Everyday Life of Urban Inequality: Ethnographic Case Studies of Global Cities, Lexington, New York: USA.

2019. “Class, gender, and space: The case of affluent golf clubs in contemporary Mexico City.” Ethnography. Vol. 20(4) 503–522.

2017. “Not Everybody Is a Golfer: Bourdieu and Affluent Bodies in Mexico.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 46(3) 285–309, 2017.

2010. “Clubes de golfe no Mexico: espacos sociais, elites economicas e capital.” In Cattani, Antonio, ed., Riqueza e Desigualdade na America Latina, Zouk, Porto Alegre: Brasil.

2010. “Golf, habitus y elites: la historia del Golf en México (1900-1980).” Esport e Sociedade. 5 (15), July.

2010. “An Approach to the History of Golf: Business Practices, Technologies of the Self, and Symbolic Capital.” Journal of Sports and Social Issues. 34 (3), August.


Research Project as CALAS fellow:


Title: A Racialized and Gendered Landscape?

Abstract: As a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Knowledge at CALAS, I will build upon my previous research in Mexico City to analyze Guadalajara’s local elite. I am interested in reexamining the arguments of (a) the racialization of class, (b) the concept of upper-class hegemonic masculinity—two of the central ideas of my book—and (c) whether urban space in and around Guadalajara’s wealthiest neighborhoods reifies dynamics of privilege through its spatial organization. In other words, I want to research the extent to which wealthy individuals recourse to racialized narratives to explain the significant class disparities existing in Mexico and whether gender ideologies shape informants’ views of the world. Furthermore, I want to combine these lines of research with a spatial analysis, examining how class, racial, and gender ideas influence the organization of urban space in and around affluent neighborhoods.