David Garland - Intro to Social Theory: Durkheim

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Old Surgeons' Hall, The University of Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Law School, the Centre for Law and Society and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research are delighted to be hosting a seminar by Professor David Garland, widely considered one of the world’s leading sociologists of crime and punishment. Professor Garland is Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at New York University, and Professorial Fellow in Criminology at the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh.


An Introduction to Social Theory for Law and Criminology students

What are the functions of law in modern society? How does law relate to power, to class, to money, and to morals? How did the great social theorists understand law and how can we use their ideas to understand the legal world today?


In these informal lectures, Professor David Garland will provide a lively and accessible introduction to the work of the major social theorists and discuss their relevance to thinking about law and legal institutions – including criminal law and penal institutions – today.


You can sign up for sessions individually or take all four as a short course


Monday 13th May, 11am to 1pm, Drummond Library, Old Surgeons Hall

“Intro to Social Theory: Durkheim”

Law students everywhere learn that there is a strict separation between law and morals – until they read more jurisprudence and discover that the two are practically inseparable. Emile Durkheim’s sociology solves the puzzle of law’s relation to morality by insisting that law is a distinctive kind of moral institution, conditioned not by universal truths but by local knowledge and social facts. Durkheim argues that, in the contemporary world, the quasi-religious institutions of law help hold societies together. David Garland will explain Durkheim’s key ideas and show how they help us think about one of today’s central problems: how can law command authority in an individualistic, multi-cultural society where the national state is too remote and the local community is too stifling? Following the lecture there will be a discussion session and plenty of time for question and answer.


This event is free and open to all but places are limited so registration is required.


Other events in the David Garland Programme are:


Tuesday 14th May 11am to 1pm, Teaching Room 07 in Old College

“Intro to Social Theory: Marx”
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-garland-intro-to-social-theory-marx-tickets-59689167908


Wednesday 15th May 11am to 1pm, Teaching Room 07 in Old College

“Intro to Social Theory: Weber”

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-garland-intro-to-social-theory-weber-tickets-59689201007


Thursday 16th May 11am to 1pm, Teaching Room 07 in Old College

“Intro to Social Theory: Foucault”
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-garland-intro-to-social-theory-foucault-tickets-59689236112

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Old Surgeons' Hall, The University of Edinburgh

High School Yards

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EH1 1LZ

United Kingdom

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