Conference ‘Punishment: Negotiating Society’

Conference ‘Punishment: Negotiating Society’

Location: Halle (Saale)

February 14, 2018

‘Punishment: Negotiating Society’
14 – 16 February, 2018
Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle an der Saale, Germany

PUNISHMENT involves more than just perpetrators, victims, and representatives of the legal and judicial system. Many other groups are also involved, whether as participants in the process of judging and punishing (including families and kin groups), as audiences to the process of enacting punishment (the mass media and the public), or as those affected by it (especially in cases of group or proxy punishment).The conference is particularly interested in going beyond punishment and related phenomena as such (including retaliation, prevention, and rehabilitation) to consider their societal contexts. The focus is thus on legitimacy, social order, and control, and therein more specifically, populism, neoliberalism, misogyny, nationalism, and racism – to name just a few phenomena – in order to understand how the actors are NEGOTIATING SOCIETY.

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