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Half Dead: Injury and Violence in a Chicago Street Gang

Half Dead: Injury and Violence in a Chicago Street Gang
JHB 100
Time: Nov 10th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 10th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Urban, United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), English (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Criminology, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Lecture by Lawrence Ralph (African-American Studies, Harvard University)

The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies and the Centre for Criminology are pleased to present:

Lawrence Ralph, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies, Harvard University

Half Dead: Injury and Violence in a Chicago Street Gang


Lawrence Ralph is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology, and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University. He is currently working on an ethnography entitled Half Dead: Violence and Mobility in a Chicago Street Gang. The book explores the networks of commerce, criminality, and affiliation that congeal in the figure of the disabled gang affiliate. Disabled gang members, he argues, are one of several kinds of urban residents who are especially susceptible to “injury,” a concept he uses to theorize several related genres of debility.

Dr. Ralph earned a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2006, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004, where he majored in History, Technology, and Society. His work has been published in The Anthropology Exchange (2006), Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (2010), and will be published in forthcoming issues of Transition, Social Text, and Anthropological Theory.

This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at (416) 946-8464

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