Anne Muxel



Anne Muxel is Research Director at CNRS and works at the CEVIPOF (Center for Political Research in Sciences Po Paris). She received a Doctorat de Sociology/Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle at La Sorbonne /Université Paris V-René Descartes. The author of numerous publications in the field of political science and sociology, Dr. Muxel has headed numerous research and international projects, specifically on youth and politics, political participation, French elections, and family transmission. She has been a visiting professor in North America (NYU) and Japan (Tokyo University) and a key note speaker at numerous international conferences and symposia.  She is a member of the editorial board of the Revue Française de Sociologie, of the Scientific Committee of the French Association of Political Science. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Department of Political Science in Sciences Po Paris where she has taught since 1989. 



Course List: 

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FREN 3485 - Young People and Politics      

Young People and Politics in France and Beyond

Transformations in the relationships between young people and politics are obvious in all Western democracies. Engagement in traditional political institutions has declined in recent decades, leading to what some have seen as a crisis in citizenship. What are the most characteristic transformations towards politics and how could we explain them? What is so special about young people’s politics in all established democracies?
The course will explore the different aspects of politicization: level of interest, involvement, voting, political participation, partisan affiliation, political choices, and also demonstrations and protest. It will study the emergence of a new model of citizenship within the young generations compared to their elders. Social and political cleavages which exist don’t have the same impact on all categories. There is a clear division between young people with and without educational background and qualifications and their political choices are not the same.
More broadly, this course will give many clues to better understand politics in France and the French society today, working with news, surveys, and a wide diversity of research and knowledge from the social sciences.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN 6678 - Individual & Collective Memory      

Remembering the Past, Coloring a Life-Time

Everybody has to face the past, their own personal past, and the collective and historical past. In this course we will explore the different ways all of us deal with the past and the memories it evokes. Bringing together individual and historical approaches, and drawing on the narratives and reflections of course participants, we will look at literature, cinema, and a variety of researches from the field of anthropology and the social sciences. We will try to understand how family memory and memories of romantic love work. Both of these types of memories inspire a great deal of literature, TV, and film. Together we will look at the rituals and symbolic values of these memories in individual’s private life. We will also work on the uses of collective memory and commemoration in contemporary societies, and particularly in France today. Prior to the course I invite you to reflect on this statement: Memory is the present of the past. Do you agree?

Required text:
- Anne MUXEL, Individu et mémoire familiale : ISBN : 978-2-01-279318-7 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6758 - Family: Recent Evolution      

Family Today: Recent Evolutions

What is a family? At first glance, this question might appear simple and the answers may equally appear evident. But if we go further it becomes obvious that defining what a family is in contemporary societies is not a simple task. Families have become diversified and relationships within the couple and between parents and children have changed profoundly. The number of marriages is fast declining, divorce has become banal, and increasing numbers of children are born outside of wedlock. These are some of the most obvious signs of how the family as an institution in society has weakened. Nowadays, the family is both more individualized and more frequently based on personal affinities than on legal ties. It is more often considered as an affective group, as a place to share intimacy and mutual recognition together as autonomous individuals. “Free together” is how one well-known French sociologist defined it when summarizing how the family functions and what efforts need to be made in the concrete reality of family life today. What does it mean to be free? What does it mean to be together? The course will begin with a reflection on these two questions and will provide an opportunity to explore all aspects of family life in contemporary French society. Ambivalence, conflict and paradox will also be examined as part of a new framework of familial and conjugal relationships.

This course will explore the various changes within the family over the last few decades in France and beyond. Using a diversity of documents and approaches – social sciences, psychology, literature, movies and documentaries – it will provide an opportunity to students to fine tune their answers to the question, “What is a family?”. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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