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Date: Feb 25, 2019

Research Seminar: The Production and Reproduction of Dependency: Punitive Perspectives Research Seminar: 11/03/2019

 

Studying dependency is the main goal of the BCDSS. Among other issues, this implies answering the following questions: How is dependency produced and reproduced? How are various forms of dependency (interpersonal, social and spatial) entangled? And which concepts and methodologies can help us to institute and explore the field of dependency studies? The topics of the BCDSS research groups offer relevant starting points to address these questions.

The seminar will take the perspective of punishment to offer some preliminary thoughts on dependency. In particular, it will address the role that various aspects of punishment (e.g. its sources, forms and targets) play in the production and reproduction of dependency. Moreover, the seminar aims to stimulate reflections on methodological and theoretical issues related to the study of dependency, in particular regarding trans-epochal and cross-regional comparisons.
 

Discussion points:
▪ What is legal pluralism and why is it important for the historical study of dependency?
▪ How can we analyse the impact of punishment on the production and reproduction of personal, social and spatial dependency?
▪ How can we analyse and compare punitive practices and their effects on dependency across different chronological and geographical contexts?

 

Readings:
• Charles Tilly, Durable Inequality (1999), introduction, pp. 1-40.
• Brian Z. Tamanaha, “Understanding Legal Pluralism: Past and Present, Local to Global”,
Sydney Law Review, 30 (2008), pp. 375-411.
• Taylor C. Sherman, “Tensions of colonial punishment: perspectives on recent developments in the study of coercive networks in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean”, History compass, 7, 3 (2009), pp. 659-677.

To join the seminar and receive digital copies of the readings, please contact the organizer at: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

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