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Authors on Tour: Céline Bessière & Sibylle Gollac

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Authors Céline Bessière and Sibylle Gollac will be in the United States to promote the release of their book The Gender of Capital: How Families Perpetuate Wealth Inequality (Le genre du capital. Comment la famille reproduit les inégalités, La Découverte; trans. by Juliette Rogers, Harvard University Press, 2023). 

About the Authors

Céline Bessière is a professor of sociology at Paris Dauphine University (PSL University) and a senior member at the Institut Universitaire de France. Her research focuses on the material, economic and legal dimensions of family, especially through the analysis of inheritance and marital breakdown. Her work is at the crossroads of several fields: economics, sociology, sociology of law and justice, sociology of gender, class and family. Céline Bessière is also the co-author of Au tribunal des couples, published in 2013 by Odile Jacob, and the author of De génération en génération, published by Raison d’Agir in 2010.  

Sibylle Gollac is a research fellow in sociology at Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). After completing her dissertation on the family dynamics of housing and real estate, she studied inheritance and marital separations to analyze the construction of economic inequalities in the family. A member of the JustineS team (Justice and inequalities through the prism of social sciences), she studies the role of justice and the law in the perpetuation of inequalities.   

About The Gender of Capital

(trans. by Juliette Rogers, Harvard University Press, 2023)

In many countries, property law grants equal rights to men and women. Yet women still accumulate less wealth than men. In Gender of Capital, Sibylle Gollac and Céline Bessière combined quantitative, ethnographic, and archival research to explain how and why, in every class of society, women are economically disadvantaged with respect to their husbands, fathers and brothers.  

The Gender of Capital was released in the United States in March 2023.

Find more information here.



Sibylle Gollac and Céline Bessière will be on tour in the US from February 24 to March 2. 

Their public program will include: 

– Tuesday, February 27th, 6PM: conversation with Michèle Lamont @Frenchlibrary  (Boston, MA) – event in English; RSVP here           

– Wednesday, February 28th, 6PM: conversation with Camille Robcis @ Albertine Books  (New York, NY) – event in English; RSVP here 

– Friday, March 1st, 10PM: panel discussion at Night of Ideas (Jersey City) – event in English; RSVP here     

To request more information, please email Laure Poupard at

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