Structures of Inequality: sociology and the politics of
This three-day workshop (17 - 19 January 2018) combines two
distinct activities with a shared methodological connection. The
purpose of the workshop is to bring together multi-disciplinary
scholars able to peer-review one another’s work as part of
multiple grant applications.
There is longstanding recognition across the social sciences and
humanities that inequity resides between hidden and formal
structures. Yet the tendency to focus on structure as a causal
mechanism deflects attention away from the analysis of the
experiential basis of how people live in the social world and both
shape and are shaped structures.
This project investigates structure and the injustice of inequity in
two domains or groups:
1. Legal institutions as structures of justice and injustice
(Sam Hillyard (Durham); Sara Cousins (Stockholm); Hans
Petter Graver (Oslo); Emma Engdahl (Goteborg); Thaddeus
Muller (Lancaster) and; Lisa Flower (PGR, Lund)).
2. Exploring the politics of responsibility (Ilan Baron
(Durham); Piki Ish-Shalom (Hebrew University); Kirsten
Ainely (LSE); Richard Beardsworth (Aberystwyth) and;
Jonathan Havercroft (Southampton)).
The workshop provides a vital discursive forum
bridging empirically focused sociological work
and philosophical reflections on the politics of responsibility.
These two ambitions dovetail one another. They are united by
a commitment to use a theoretical-critique of political systems
and agency-orientated perspectives.
Workshop (1) explores: what is the extent of change in legal
frameworks undergoing reform, using case studies in the UK,
Norway and Sweden. What is the direction and motivation
for reform – human rights, globalisation or a consolidation of
existing fragmented policy? Who are the key actors and agents
in those reforms and their enactments? To what extent is justice
facilitated by such structural readjustments? It is anticipated
these may engage: the role and status of professionals
within the judiciary and; questions of the stewardship and
sustainability for land management and the environment.
The outcome of both workshops will be an empirical and
philosophical research agenda to expose the way the modern
agent is both driving and being driven by global capital, with one
group’s focus being theoretically and empirically-driven and the
other normative and philosophical.
The workshop groups will work both independently and
collectively, with opportunities for peer review of papers, and the
finalizing of two grant proposals. The format will require formal
papers to be submitted two months prior to the workshop.
Each grant proposal will have an identified PI to coordinate the
submission. Initial “Case for Support” style documents will be
drafted and circulated prior to the workshop.
Days 1-2 will involve paper presentations and more general
discussions, with afternoon sessions on the second and final
day moving to refine the working grant proposals. Day 3 will
focus on grant writing and collective paper-writing activities, with
each grant proposal having a core group of three to work on the
drafting. This process of intensive peer-review is modeled upon
the international panel reviewing process at European councils.
For further questions please contact Dr Ilan Baron
or Dr Sam Hillyardsam.email@example.com