David Garland - Intro to Social Theory: Foucault

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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



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

“Intro to Social Theory: Foucault”

Michel Foucault is one of the most important thinkers of our time - and one of the most misunderstood. The influence of his work can be seen everywhere: in cultural studies, literary criticism, feminist theory, political philosophy and social history. Legal theorists have begun to use Foucault's ideas to understand the character of modern law, in particular the ways in which law links up with other forms of expertise to extend its power and to shape subjectivity. David Garland will introduce the thought of Michel Foucault and outline its relevance to the study of law. 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.



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