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Bad Men, Poor Men, and the Ethnography of Religion and Prison

Bad Men, Poor Men, and the Ethnography of Religion and Prison
170 St. George Street, Room 100
Time: Mar 11th, 5:00 pm End: Mar 11th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Ethics, Criminology, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS)
Lecture by Joshua Dubler, University of Rochester

The Centre for the Study of the United States is pleased to present:

Joshua Dubler, University of Rochester

Bad Men, Poor Men, and the Ethnography of Religion and Prison

Joshua Dubler is Assistant Professor of Religion, at the University of Rochester. He received his Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University. His research and teaching focus on American religion and theory of religion. Along with Andrea Sun-Mee Jones, he is the author of Bang! Thud: World Spirit, from a Texas School Book Depository. Dubler has taught courses at Princeton University, Haverford College, Andover Newton Theological School, and in Villanova University's program at Graterford Prison. He is currently teaching a course on the modern concept of "guilt."

"Bad Men, Poor Men and the Ethnography of Religion and Prison" is a genealogical investigation of certain facets of contemporary common sense. Drawing on his recent book, Down in the Chapel (FSG, 2013), which is an ethnographic study of the chapel at Pennsylvania's Graterford Prison, Dubler explores how dominant attitudes toward prisoners play off of dominant discourses about religion to produce two ideal types -- the "bad man of religion" and the "poor man of religion".  With special attention paid to Graterford's Muslim communities, Dubler shows how these two types inform both religious life at Graterford and the popular attitudes that sustain mass incarceration.

Co-sponsored by:

  • Centre for the Study of Religion
  • Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies
  • Munk School of Global Affairs

For additional information on this talk, please contact Professor Amira Mittermaier or the Centre for the Study of the United States at (416) 946-8972.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please click HERE.

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