Burn Baby Burn French Style? Roots of the Riots in Urban France (2006)

This lecture was given at UC Berkeley’s Center on Institutions and Governance on November 17, 2006 with Prof. Loïc Wacquant and Tyler, Stovall. His lecture ‘Burn Baby Burn, French Style? Roots of the Riots in Urban France’ discusses the roots of numerous riots and destruction experienced in France’s cities in 2005 and 2006 and their relation to class, ‘race’, and the state.

Designing Urban Seclusion (2009)

This is the full lecture of the sixth Roth-Symonds Lecture and keynote address to the Symposium on Spatial Illiteracies, delivered at the Yale School of Architecture on March 27, 2009. An abridged and revised version of this lecture was published with The Yale architectural journal Perspecta as “Designing Urban Seclusion,” and available here.

Bringing the Penal State Back In (2009)

This talk is the British Journal of Sociology Lectdure was delivered on October 6, 2009 at the London School of Economics.

Urban Desolation and Symbolic Denigration in the Hyperghetto (2010)

Advanced Marginality, Ethnoracial Division, and the Strategies of the State (2012)

This lecture was delivered on January 20, 2012, at Gothenburg, Sweden on the topics of Advanced Marginality, Ethno-racial divisions, and a sociology of neoliberalism.

Urban Marginality and the State (2012)

This keynote lecture was delivered on June 21, 2012, at Paris, France, at the 3rd Conference of the International Network for the Study of Advanced Urban Marginality.  His lecture, ‘Urban Marginality and the State,’ is a discussion on the sociological understanding of the state and how they deal with ” problem categories and problem territories, that is the populations pushed or trapped at the bottom of symbolic, social, and physical space in the metropolis. ”

Destitution, Disgrace, and Punishment in the 21st Century (2013)

Recasting  Relegation: Foibles and Fruits in Studying Urban Marginality in America (2014)

Interview with Loïc Wacquant (2001)

Inequality, Marginality, and Social Justice in the City (2014)


In the 7th year of Hrant Dink Memorial Lecture on Freedom of Expression and Human Rights presented by Bogazici University’s History, Sociology and Political Science and International Relation departments, Loïc Wacquant gave a lecture titled ‘Inequality, Marginality, and Social Justice in the City.’ This lecture was delivered on 17 January, 2014.

Book launch of The Invention of the “Underclass” (2022) held on Zoom through the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, on 4 May 2022: see it on YouTube here.

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