~~~ Interviews ~~~

Here, Loïc Wacquant discusses the folk category of the ‘Underclass’ and its weak epistemological foundations. He also discusses his ethnographic investigation of the south-side of Chicago as an amateur boxer to explain the connections between the state, the ghetto, the body. He also argues for the use of apprenticeship to sociologically understand practice and how the ‘ethic of sacrifice’, and its accompanying moral and practical lessons, are inscribed onto the body, as oppose to formal forms of pedagogy.

At the Danish National Centre for Social Research on May 30th 2013, Loïc Wacquant clarifies the conceptual and structural misunderstandings between ‘Ethnic Cluster’ and ‘Ghetto’. He also comments on the political mis-use of the term ‘ghetto’ and its relation to adequate social policy.


~~~ Full Lectures ~~~

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 43 and available here.


This lecture ‘Bringing the Penal State Back In’ was delivered on October 6, 2009 at the London School of Economics.


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.


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. ”


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.

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