Tag: 2000 Fall

Romancing the Market, Reviling the State: The Politics of Civil Society and the Public Sphere from Political Economics

Margaret Somers
Fear and Loathing of the Public Sphere and the Naturalization of Civil Society: How Neo-Liberalism Outwits the Rest of Us
Tuesday, April 24 2000 at 3:30pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
From Poverty to Perversity: Market, State, and Truth over two centuries of Compassionate Conservatism
Wednesday, April 25 2000 at 3:30pm, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
Thursday, April 26 2000 at 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

    Margaret Somers (Ph.D. Sociology, Harvard, 1986) is Associate Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Michigan. Her primary research interests include the sociology of citizenship, legal history and the sociology of law, comparative historical sociology, economic sociology, political sociology, and social and political theory. Professor Somers is the author of over two dozen articles and book chapters and two forthcoming books: The People and the Law: The Making of Modern Citizenship Rights (Cornell University Press) and Studies in Citizenship, Civil Society and the Public Sphere: Institutions, Associations, Identities (Cambridge University Press).

Pointing North, Heading South: The Story of Neo-Liberal Restructuring in Latin America

Atilio Boron
Neo-LIiberalism Against Democracy: A Latin American Story
September 19, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Globalization as an Alibi, or The End of Public Policies
September 20, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
September 21, 2000, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Atilio Boron (Ph.D. Political Science, Harvard, 1976) is Executive Secretart of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Professor Boron's main area of interest is the relationship bewteen states, markets, and democrasy under processes of neo-liberal restructuring, particularly in Latin America and Western Europe. On a more theoretical leve, he is interested in the challenges posed by neo-liberal restructuring to the survival of political democrasy in peripheral countries. Professor Boron is the author of nearly 100 articles and book chapters and the author or editor of nine books, including State, capitalism and Democrasy in Latin America (1995) and most recently, Tras el buho de Minerva: Teoria politica y restructuracion capitalista en America Latina [In Pursuit of the Owl of Minerva: Political Theory and Capitalist Resturcturing in Latin America] (2000).

Culture Econimic Development, and American Indian Nations

Steven Cornell
What Explains Economic Development? Culture and Institutions in Indian Nations
October 10, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Culture as Explanation In Racial and Ethnic Inequality: Poverty And Propsperity on American Indian Reservations
October 11, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 12, 2000, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Stephen Cornell is director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Professor of Sociology and of Public Administration and Policy at The University of Arizona. He is also co-director of the Project on American Indian Economic Development at Harvard University. A specialist in political economy and cultural sociology, Professor Cornell has written widely on Indian affairs, economic development, collective identity, and ethnic and race relations. His publications include The Return of the Native: American Indian Political Resurgence (Oxford, 1988); What Can Tribes Do? Strategies and Institutions in American Indian Economic Development (UCLA, 1992), co-edited with Joseph P. Kalt; and Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World (Pine Forge, 1998), co-authored with Douglas Hartmann. Professor Cornell has spent much of the last fifteen years working closely with Indian nations in the United States and Canada on self-governance, economic development, and tribal policy issues. Among his recent policy-related projects are a study of the on-and-off-reservation economic and social impacts of Indian gaming operations and an analysis of Native self-governance in Alaska.

Geographical Knowledge, Political Power, and Global Governance

David Harvey
October 17, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
October 18, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 19, 2000, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    David Harvey is Professor of Geography at Johns Hopkins University and Miliband Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1987 to 1993, he was the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University. Professor Harvey’s research has gone through several phases of evolution. During the 1970s, his work focused on urbanization and the crises of impoverishment and racism then facing many U.S. cities. In the 1980s, his research was mainly concerned with defining the relationship between political economic change and the processes of urbanization in advanced capitalist countries. He later broadened his emphasis to encompass questions of cultural change and environmental problems. More recently, questions of environmental justice, alternative modes of urbanization, and uneven geographical development within a globalizing world have been at the center of his research. Professor Harvey is the author of numerous books, including Social Justice and the City (1973), The Limits to Capital (1982), The Urbanization of Capital (1985), The Condition of Postmodernity (1989), Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference (1996), and most recently, Spaces of Hope (2000). He has also received many awards, including the Outstanding Contributor Award of the Association of American Geographers, the Anders Retzius Gold Medal of the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography, the Patron’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, and the Vautrin Lud International Prize for Geography.

Globalization at Work: The Case of Nicaragua

Alejandro Bendana
The Sandinista Revolution: An Historical Balance Sheet
October 24, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Reconcilliation and Reconstruction in Nicaragua
October 25, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 26, 2000, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Alejandro Bendaña (Ph.D. History, Harvard, 1979) is President of the Center for International Studies in Managua, Nicaragua, which he founded in 1990. During the 1980s, Dr. Bendaña held several key positions in the Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Sandinista government, including Director General for Multilateral Affairs (1982-1984) and Secretary General (1984-1990). He has also served as a consultant to UNESCO’s Culture of Peace Programme, a trainer in community peace-building and conflict theory, and a visiting professor at the Autonomous University of Nicaragua, the University of Chicago, and the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is the author of approximately 40 articles and five books, including Power Lines: United States Hegemony in the New Global Order (1996).

Organizing Racism

Kathleen Blee
Gendered Racism: Women in the Modern Hate Movement
November 14, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Friends and Enemies: The Construction of Collective Identity in the Racist Movement
November 15, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
November 16, 2000, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Kathleeen Blee (Ph.D. Sociology, Wisconsin, 1982) is Professor of Sociology and History and Director of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of gender, feminist theory, social inequality and stratification, the sociology of racism, political movements and social change, the sociology of the family, and race, class, and gender. She is the author of approximately 50 articles and book chapters and the author or editor of five books, including Women of the Klan (University of California Press, 1991), which was named a centennial book of the University of California Press, selected as an Outstanding Book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights, and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent book, Racist Women (University of California Press, 2001) is in press.