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Am Montag, den 16. April hält Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland einen Vortrag über "We live like prisoners in a camp”: Surveillance, Control and Women's Agency in an US Housing Project".

16.04.2018 um 18:00 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)

“We live like prisoners in a camp”: Surveillance, Control and Women's Agency in an US Housing Project

This talk, drawing on a chapter forthcoming in Polarized City (Powell et al., Plagrave 2018), discusses the thesis of 'punishing the poor' and the punitive state (Wacquant 1999) through ethnographic work conducted in a small housing project in a New England college town. Using a sociological-theoretical lens, it discusses how state agents implemented forms of surveillance and control through design, through practices of the Department of Children and Families and through police interventions. Next to seeing the incorporation of power assymetry in Foucaultian sense of self-disciplining in the everyday practice sof Black female residents of the projects, I show that this frame of oppression also includes ways in which women construct variations of 'hidden transcripts', including narratives and practices, vis-a-vis the public transcript (borowing from Scott 1990) of the state-client relations, and in doing so make use of the racist presumptions and expectations that the state conduct implies.

Wann?     Montag, 16.04.2018, 18 Uhr
Wo?         Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
                Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan


Für die Veranstaltungsreihe hat Frau Prof. Dr. Eveline Dürr in diesem Semester ein vielseitiges  Programm mit interessanten Themen und ReferentInnen zusammengestellt. Mehr Informationen über ehemalige Vorträge am Institut für Ethnologie finden Sie im „Veranstaltungsarchiv".