Loïc Wacquant spoke at the recent BJS Public Lecture on Tuesday 6th October at the LSE. Loïc Wacquant draws on classical theory, social history, and a comparative analysis of the penalization of urban poverty in advanced societies at the century’s turn to argue that we need to bring the penal state back to the centre of the sociology of social inequality, public policy and citizenship.
Wacquant is currently a Professor of Sociology and Research Associate at the Earl Warren Legal Institute, University of California, Berkeley, where he is also affiliated with the Program in Medical Anthropology and the Center for Urban Ethnography, and Researcher at the Centre de sociologie européenne in Paris. He has been a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, a MacArthur Prize Fellow, and has won numerous grants including the Fletcher Foundation Fellowship and the Lewis Coser Award of the American Sociological Society.
Wacquant’s most recent book Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity (2009) is just out from Duke University Press.