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Sociology Seminar Series

May 6, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Sociology Professor Sharla Alegria presents a talk entitled "Carceral Migration as Theory and Method: The Sociologies of Race, Space, and Punishment."

In this talk, Alegria develops a theory of carceral migration, defined as the state’s use of legal punishment to force, restrict or prevent movement of people of color. Alegria uses this theory to articulate a new framework for understanding the treatment of people policed within, at and outside of U.S. borders, and argues that the state uses carceral migration to racially and spatially regulate people of color.

Using ethnographic and photo-elicited interview data with formerly incarcerated Black women as an illustrative case, Alegria shows how the state uses carceral punishment to legally drive black women from their homes repeatedly and legitimizes their social and material dispossession.

She ultimately reveals how carceral migration can dramatically shift existing anti-racist frames of carceral punishment not just theoretically, but also methodologically.


Classroom and Office Building 2, 290

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