Public Lecture: Scaling the Two Faces of the Ghetto

Start date: 
Tue, 07/06/2016
Closing date: 
Tue, 07/06/2016
The Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield, UK
Event contact: 
Emma Smith (0114 225 3073 /

6.00-7.30 pm

What makes a ghetto, and why do ghettos arise, thrive, and crash? Are the "sink estates" of Britain turning into ghettos and, if not, what are they? How does space impact social identity and politics both in everyday life and at the level of the state? The renowned sociologist Loïc Wacquant poses and resolves these questions in this lecture, a preview of his new controversial book, The Two Faces of the Ghetto (Polity Press, 2016).

Loïc Wacquant
University of California, Berkeley
Centre Européenne de Sociologie et de Science Politique, Paris

A recipient of the McArthur Foundation Prize, Wacquant's research fuses social theory, comparison, and ethnography to tackle issues of marginality, penality, and carnality. His books are translated into twenty languages and include the trilogy Urban Outcasts (2008), Punishing the Poor (2009) and Deadly Symbiosis: Race and the Rise of the Penal State (forthcoming) as well as Body and Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer (new expanded edition, 2016) and The Two Faces of the Ghetto (2016). For more information, see

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Venue address: Cutlers' Hall Church Street, Sheffield S1 1HG. See map here

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