Public Lecture in French and in English
The School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies,
The Human Rights Research and Education Center
The Department of History
The Moral World of the Police: An Ethnographic Account of Law Enforcement
By Didier Fassin
James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton University
Thursday, 30 October
4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building, room 10161
Police are usually analyzed in terms of law and discretion, force and violence, technology and security. Less attention has been given to the morality on which they ground their action, including when it appears to deviate from legal course and violate human rights through brutality and discrimination. Based on the ethnography of police work in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Paris region and its relation to the larger historical and sociological context of contemporary France, the lecture will propose both a theoretical framework and empirical material to explore the moral world of law enforcement.
Registration is not required.