The Café meets monthly to debate a recent book with its author and a discussant. Participants are expected to have read the book (or chapters available in the announcement). The author gives a ten-minute presentation, the discussant has ten minutes to offer comments, and the author another ten to respond. This is followed by an hour of open discussion. Come join the fun!
**Café sessions take place on Zoom, on select Fridays at 12 noon-1:30 pm PT/ 3-4:30 pm ET/ 9-10:30 pm Europe, unless otherwise noted.
Friday, April 28, 12-1.30 pm (PT)
Two Ethnographies about Social Movements in South Africa
Delivery as Dispossession: Land Occupation and Eviction in the Postapartheid City
Fractured Militancy: Precarious Resistance in South Africa After Racial Inclusion
Zachary Levenson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Senior Research Associate in Sociology at the University of Johannesburg, and for the current academic year, a Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Delivery as Dispossession: Land Occupation and Eviction in the Postapartheid City (Oxford University Press, 2022) and co-editor of the forthcoming volume The South African Tradition of Racial Capitalism: From Margin to Center (Routledge, 2023). He has also recently edited special issues of Qualitative Sociology (2021) and Ethnic and Racial Studies (2023, forthcoming).
Z. Fareen Parvez is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her work uses ethnographic and other qualitative methods to explore the political, economic, and religious lives of working-class communities. Parvez is the author of Politicizing Islam: the Islamic revival in France and India (2017, Oxford University Press) and was a 2019-20 fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where she worked on her new project on predatory lending and household debt in urban India.
Marcel Paret is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah and Senior Research Associate in the Center for the Social Change at the University of Johannesburg. He is the author of Fractured Militancy: Precarious Resistance in South Africa After Racial Inclusion (Cornell University Press, 2022). He is also the co-editor of the volume Building Citizenship From Below: Precarity, Migration, and Agency (Routledge, 2017).
Friday, March 31, 12-1.30 pm (PT)
Spiderweb Capitalism: How Global Elites Exploit Frontier Markets*
ETHNOGRAPHIC CAFÉ SPECIAL PANEL
Heba Gowayed is the Moorman-Simon Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University.
ETHNOGRAPHIC CAFÉ SPECIAL PANEL: Ethnography in/of the Global South: Critical Reflections
Moderator: Zachary Levenson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Levenson studies the politics of eviction in postapartheid South Africa. His work is based on a decade of fieldwork in land occupations and informal settlements in Cape Town, and his book Delivery as Dispossession was released in April 2022 on Oxford University Press.
Presenter: Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Professor of Individualized Studies and Sociology, New York University
Baiocchi is interested in questions of politics and culture, critical social theory, and cities. He has cultivated a distinctly political ethnography, which he has deployed in his fieldwork in Brazil, the US, and elsewhere. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which, co-authored with Jake Carlson, is Housing Is a Social Good, forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.
April 29, 12-1.30 pm (PT)
In conversation with Rosana Pinheiro-Machado
March 18, 12-1.30 pm (PT)
In conversation with Florian Jaton
Nicholas Rush Smith
February 25, 12- 1.30pm (PT)
Nicholas Rush Smith
In conversation with Javier Auyero
January 28, 11am-12:30pm (PT)*
Danielle T. Raudenbush
in conversation with
December 10, 2021
In conversation with Vincent DUBOIS
Leslie Paik is Professor in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with 10 families, and interviews with another 53 families, her book Trapped in a Maze: How Social Control Institutions Drive Family Poverty and Inequality traces how low-income families navigate complex and multiple institutions –such as courts, hospitals, housing, schools, and welfare. The book reveals how the formal rationality by which these institutions ostensibly operate undercuts what they can actually achieve. And worse, it demonstrates how involvement with multiple institutions can perpetuate the conditions of poverty that these families are fighting to escape.
Angèle Christin is Assistant Professor of Communications and (by courtesy) of Sociology at Stanford University. Her book Metrics at Work draws on four years of fieldwork in web newsrooms in the United States and France, including more than one hundred interviews with journalists. It uncovers crucial and paradoxical differences in how American and French journalists understand audience analytics and how these affect the news produced in each country.
Sarah Brayne, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UT-Austin, will lead us in discussion. Her research examines the social consequences of data-intensive surveillance practices and she is the author of Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing.
Special Event, Oct 29
Tahseen SHAMS is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her award-winning book, Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World (2020), uncovers how different dimensions of the ethnic and religious identities of immigrants connect them to, not just to their homeland and hostland, but to different "elsewheres" around the planet, making immigrants prime agents of globalization.
Hajar YAZDIHA, Assistant Professor of Sociology at USC, will lead us in discussion. Her work focuses on the Muslim diaspora and develops a comparative Du Boisian framework for the study of immigrant incorporation and ethnic identity formation. She is also working on a book entitled The Kingmakers: Making and Mobilizing the Collective Memory of the Civil Rights Movement in American Politics.
Matthew Clair is Assistant Professor of Sociology and (by courtesy) Law at Stanford University. His award-winning book Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court (Princeton University Press, 2020) examines how racial and class inequalities are embedded in the attorney-client relationship. Based on fieldwork and interviews in the Boston court system, Clair found that attempts to exercise legal rights often backfire on the poor and on working-class people of color, and that effective legal representation alone is no guarantee of justice.
Mona Lynch, Chancellor’s Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine and the author of Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court (2016), will lead us in discussion.