Tag: 2003 Fall

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.

Islamic Visibilities in Public Spaces

Nilufer Göle
Islam as a Social Imaginary
October 14, 2003, 3:30:00PM, 206 Ingraham
Islamism as a Vountary Adoption of Stigma Symbols
October 15, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 16, 2003, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Nilüfer Göle is Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, and formerly Professor of Sociology at Bogazici (Bosphorous) University in Istanbul. A prominent Turkish scholar, Professor Göle is a leading authority on the political movement of today's educated, urbanized, religious Muslim women. She is the author of The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling, which examines the complex relationships among modernity, religion, and gender relations in the Middle East. Her sociological approach, employing a number of personal interviews, allows for both a detailed case study of young Turkish women who are turning to the tenets of fundamental Islamist gender codes, and for a broader critique of Eurocentrism and the academic literature regarding the construction of meaning. Both perspectives serve as a springboard for the launching of theoretical innovations into feminist, religious, cultural, and area studies.

"Tax Cuts for the Rich and Military Keynesianism: Enough to Bail Bush Out of the Post-Bubble Slump?"

Robert Pollin
"Tax Cuts for the Rich and Military Keynesianism: Enough to Bail Bush Out of the Post-Bubble Slump?"
October 29, 2003, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity"
October 29, 2003, 7:00PM, Rainbow Bookstore

    Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His most recent book is Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity. His other books include The Living Wage (with Stephanie Luce) and the edited volumes Transforming the U.S. Financial System (with Gary Dymski and Gerald Epstein) and Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (with Dean Baker and Gerald Epstein). He has worked with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and has been a consultant on living wage policies in several U.S. cities. He is currently working under the auspices of the United Nations Development Program to develop workable policies to promote jobs and equality in South Africa, i.e., an alternative to IMF/neoliberal orthodoxy.

Indigenous Activism: Decolonizing Institutions

Linda Smith
"Journeys to and from Political Movements and Theoretical Moments: The Multiple Layers of Struggle by Maori for Social Justice in New Zealand"
November 4, 2003, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
"Researching the Native in the Knowledge Economy: Power, Dialogue and Ethics"
November 5, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
November 6, 2003, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

"Labor Unions in Crisis: The Collapse of the New Deal System and the Emerging Alternatives"

Dan Clawson
"Labor Unions in Crisis: The Collapse of the New Deal System and the Emerging Alternatives"
November 12, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"Why Tomorrow's Labor Movement Will be Community-Based"
November 12, 2003, 7:00PM, Madison Labor Temple

    Dan Clawson teaches sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also co-president of the faculty union (affiliated with the National Education Association). Professor Clawson is the author of The Next Upsurge: Labor and the New Social Movements (Cornell University Press, 2003). He is also the co-author of two books on how corporations dominate campaign finance, elections, and the shaping of public policy, Money Talks: Corporate PACs and Political Influence and Dollars and Votes: How Corporate Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy. In recent years he has put energy into trying to link academics and intellectuals with the labor movement. One part of that was work in SAWSJ (Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice), a national association that helped organize numerous “Teach-Ins With the Labor Movement” and that promoted other activities. Another was helping organize a conference on Unions and Child Care that brought together labor leaders, academics, and children’s advocates. More recently he was involved in helping to create a section on Labor and Labor Movements inside the American Sociological Association; he is chair-elect of that group.

Reporting the Middle East

Robert Fisk
Reporting the Middle East
November 14, 2003