Tag: Sociology

Policy Sociology: Critical and Postmodern Perspectives on Education Policy

Stephen Ball
Globalization and Education: Policy Paradigms
Monday, February 22, 1999 3:30 PM in room 8417 Social Science
Towards a Performative Society
Wednesday, February 24, 1999 3:30 PM in room 8417 Social Science
Seminar for students and faculty
Thursday, February 25, 1999 12:20PM in room 8108 Social Science

    Stephen Ball directs the Centre for Public Policy Research at King's College, University of London, UK, where he is a Professor of Sociology.  He writes about education markets, the politics of educational reform and the relationship between class and education.   Drawing on sociological approaches to public policy, analyses of the micro-politics of schooling, post-structural and other critical theoretical traditions, he seeks to explain the causes, processes and effects of culturally conservative educational policies.  Two of Professor Ball's recent publications are  Markets, Choice and Equity in Education, (with Sharon Gewirtz and Richard Bowe), 1995; and Local Educational Governance, Accountability and Democracy (with Hilary Radnor and Carol Vincent), 1996.

The Culture of Control: American Penality in Sociological Perspective

David Garland
"Sociological Theory and the Changing Penal Landscape"
October 7, 2003, 3:30PM, 7200 Law School
"Social Change, Cultural Adaptation and the New Penal Politics"
October 8, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 9, 2003, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science


    Professor David W. Garland, widely considered one of the world's leading sociologists of crime and punishment, joined the NYU Law faculty in 1997. He was previously on the faculty of Edinburgh University's Law School, where he had taught since 1979, being appointed to a personal chair in 1992. At NYU, he also holds a joint appointment as professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches graduate classes in social theory and an undergraduate course in criminology.

Garland has been associated with NYU since 1984, when he commuted from Princeton to attend Professor Jacobs' criminal law seminars in the Law School. He was a Visiting Professor at the School in 1992-93 and a member of the Global Law School faculty from 1995 to 1997.

Garland, who received his law degree with First Class Honors and a Ph.D. in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Edinburgh as well as a Masters in Criminology from the University of Sheffield, is noted for his distinctive sociological approach to the study of punishment and crime control, as well as for his work on the history of criminological ideas. He played a leading role in developing the sociology of punishment and was the founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal Punishment & Society. He is the author of several prize-winning studies, including Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory, which won distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Punishment and Welfare: The History of Penal Strategies which won the International Society of Criminology's prize for best study over a five-year period. His most recent book is The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society, was published by University of Chicago Press in February 2001 and is already being translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. The Culture of Control charts contemporary trends in penal and social control, arguing that the crime policies which emerged in the US and the UK after 1975 are political and cultural adaptations to the new risks and problems created by 'late modern' ways of life.

Garland was a Visiting Reader at Leuven University, Belgium in 1983, a Davis Fellow in Princeton University's history department in 1984-85, and a Visiting Professor at Boalt Law School, U.C. Berkeley, in 1985 and 1988. In 1993 he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck prize by the American Society of Criminology for distinguished scholarly contributions to criminology by a non-American scholar. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow-Designate of the Center of Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, CA.

The Place of Rationality in Sociological Theory

Wolfgang Schluchter
"Action, Order, and Culture: An Outline of the Weberian Research Program"
March 2, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"Ancient Judaism and the Disenchantment of the World: An Example of Application"
March 3, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
March 4, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Wolfgang Schluchter is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institut Für Soziologie at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. He is one of the world's foremost experts on the sociology of Max Weber and has written on a wide range of topics from a Weberian perspective, including the rise of rationalism in modern society, religious commitment in the modern world, and the intersection of interpretative sociology and systems theory. His publications in English include, The Rise of Western Rationalism: Max Weber's Developmental History (University of California, 1985); Rationalism, Religion, and Domination: A Weberian Perspective (University of California, 1989); Paradoxes of Modernity: Culture and Conduct in the Theory of Max Weber (Stanford University, 1996); Max Weber & Islam (Stanford University 1999), co-edited with Toby Huff; and Public Spheres and Collective Identities (Transaction 2001), co-edited with S. N. Eisenstadt.

Sociology and Colonial Modernity

Sujata Patel
"Western Sociology's 'Others': The Discourse and Practices of Indegeneity, Endogeneity, and Colonial Modernity"
Tuesday, September 20, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Colonial Modernity and Methodological Nationalism in Sociology of India"
Wednesday, September 21, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, September 22, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by GLOBAL STUDIES


From Michael Burawoy, et al., Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for a Global Sociology:

Burawoy, Facing an Unequal World, pp.3-27.

Patel, Imperative and Challenge of Diversity, pp.48-62



SUJATA PATEL is a sociologist at the University of Hyderabad. Her research interests cover a wide array of topics, including modernity and social theory, history of sociology/social sciences, city-formation, social movements, gender construction, reservation, quota politics and caste and class formations in India. She is the Series Editor of Studies in International Sociology (Sage, 2010-1012), Studies in Contemporary Society (Oxford, India) and Cities and the Urban Imperative (Routledge, India). She is also the author of The Making of Industrial Relations (OUP, 1997), editor of The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions (Sage, 2010) and Doing Sociology in India, Genealogies, Locations and Practices (Oxford, 2011) and coeditor of five books, Bombay: Metaphor of Modern India (OUP, 1995); Bombay: Mosaic of Modern Culture (OUP, 1995); Bombay and Mumbai: The City in Transition (OUP, 2003); Thinking Social Science in India (Sage, 2002); and Urban Studies (OUP, 2006).