The Will to Punish
Didier Fassin and Edited by Christopher Kutz
Didier Fassin is James Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and a Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. An anthropologist, sociologist and physician, he has conducted ethnographic research in Senegal, South Africa, Ecuador, and France. Former vice-president of Médecins Sans Frontières, he is currently President of the French Medical Committee for Exiles. The author of 15 books and the editor of 21 volumes, he has published more than 200 scientific articles. Laureate of an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council, he received the Gold Medal awarded every 3 years to an anthropologist at the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences.
Didier Fassin is the James Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Anthropologist, sociologist and physician, he has worked in Senegal, South Africa, Ecuador, and France in the domain of political and moral anthropology. His recent work includes an ethnography of the French state, based on fieldwork with the police, justice and prison systems, which he conducted as part of his Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, and a theoretical reflection on the public presence of the social science, which he presented in his recipient lecture for the Gold Medal in anthropology at the Swedish Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. He recently authored Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present (2011), Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing (2013), Prison Worlds: An Ethnography of the Carceral Condition (2016), and the forthcoming Life: A critical User's Manual (2018).
David Garland is Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at New York University. His books include The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction (2016), Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition (2010), The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society (2001), Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory (1990), and Punishment and Welfare: A History of Penal Strategies (1985; new ed. 2017).
Christopher Kutz is C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law in the Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program (Berkeley Law School), at U.C. Berkeley. He works in the areas of the philosophy of criminal law and international law, as well as moral and political philosophy. His books include On War and Democracy (2016) and Complicity: Ethics and Law for a Collective Age (2000).
Rebecca McLennan is Associate Professor of History at U.C. Berkeley, where she specializes in 19th and 20th century American history. Her books include Becoming America (with David Henkin) (2014), and The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776 - 1941 (2008).
Bruce Western is the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Professor of Sociology, at Harvard University. He is a specialist both in sociological methods and in the sociology of the American punishment system. His books include Punishment and Inequality in America (2006) and Between Class and Market: Postwar Unionization in the Capitalist Democracies (1997).