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November 25, 2006

Major "Punishment" conference this coming week

As previously previewed here, The New School will soon hold its Social Research Conference entitled "Punishment: The U.S. Record."   Taking place in New York City on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1, the conference is designed to explore the "who, what, why and how we punish."  The invited speakers and the topics to be discussed (detailed here and here) are truly amazing.  A detailed agenda can be found at this link, and here is part of the conference's thematic statement:

We are convening this conference in order to examine punishment and criminal justice in the context of past histories and doctrines in order to better understand the ways in which punishment has become deeply implicated in the social life and social structures of American society.  The conference is organized into 6 sessions that ask questions about the why, what, how and who of punishment, which will allow us to better understand the consequences of the current practice of punishment and search for viable alternatives to the carceral state in which we now live.

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