David Garland - The Idea of a “Welfare State”: Towards a Genealogy

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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.



Wednesday 8th May, 2pm to 4pm 1.20 Dugald Stewart Building

“The Idea of a “Welfare State”: Towards a Genealogy”

A seminar focusing on David’s current research

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The political ideal of a welfare state proved surprisingly weak in the 1980s when faced with a resurgent free-market ideology. Thirty years later, the project of revitalizing a welfare state for the 21st century still finds surprisingly little traction. At the same time, the social scientific concept of “welfare state” is remarkably unstable, ill-defined and confused; enabling contradictory theses to be argued and taken seriously. My paper seeks to cast light on this state of affairs by means of a genealogical inquiry that traces the lines of descent and moments of emergence that led up to the present. Its aim is to recover the historical contexts and contestations out of which today’s ideas – and today’s confusions – have emerged.


Everyone it warmly welcome. The event is free but places are limited due to space, so to ensure a place please register.

Other events in the David Garland Programme are:


Thursday 9th May – “Mass Incarceration I”
Friday 10th May – “Mass Incarceration II”
Teaching Room 07 in Old College, 11am to 1pm

You can sign up for one or both of these sessions

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-garland-mass-incarceration-workshops-tickets-59689044539


Week 2

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”
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-garland-intro-to-social-theory-durkheim-tickets-59689104719


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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