Lille: The work of two committed sociologists is exhibited under the title "Welcome to the rich"

Lille: The work of two committed sociologists is exhibited under the title Welcome to the rich

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SOCIAL EXHIBITION A unique exhibition on the work of sociologists Michel Pinçon and Monique Pinçon-Charlot, specialists of the big bourgeoisie is presented in Lille

The exhibition & nbsp; "Bienvenue chez les riches" presents, in Lille, the work of sociologists Michel Pinçon and Monique Pinçon-Charlot, specialists of the big bourgeoisie.

"& Nbsp; Welcome to the wealthy & nbsp;" proclaims the poster at the entrance to the exhibition. Between biting irony and documented field investigation, the Regional House of the Environment and Solidarity of Lille * offers, until Friday, October 18, a unique exhibition on the work of sociologists Michel Pinçon and Monique Pinçon-Charlot, specialists in the big bourgeoisie.

The exhibition, designed by Raphaëlle Perret and shaped by Etienne Lécroart, takes the form of a comic book dialogue between a young citizen and the retired couple of academics, both former CNRS research directors.

This dialogue revolves around five themes: & nbsp; "& nbsp; the great tax evasion", "& nbsp; the real thugs & nbsp;", "& nbsp; white collar crime & nbsp;", "& nbsp; predators in power & nbsp; ", Resumption of the title of one of their works published in 2017, or" & nbsp; domination in the heads & nbsp; ".

"& Nbsp; It is not light, but it is subversive and joyful & nbsp;", explains to AFP Monique Pinçon-Charlot. "& Nbsp; We combine the seriousness of the investigations and the impertinence compared to the dominants, without crossing the yellow line & nbsp;".

The two sociologists draw on their observation and investigation work carried out since the 1970s, which has taken a more severe turn against the “upper political and financial spheres” since their retirement in 2007 and the abandonment of their reserve obligation.

Through this exhibition, they wish "to allow us to understand the mechanisms of our society" and to show "the arbitrariness of power and privileges". Everything goes, from the importance of "self-esteem" for the transmission of wealth to relationships between political decision-makers and the business world, via tax evasion strategies.

The comic strip approach, with a lot of press clippings and graphics, offers educational access to certain complex mechanisms, such as the slow growth of wages compared to that of capital income and its consequences, the financialisation of the economy. .

In line with their latest book, The President of the ultra-rich, sociologists particularly attack Emmanuel Macron, presented as a "Robin Hood upside down", and do not fail to recall some of its controversial measures, including the abolition of the solidarity wealth tax (ISF).