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Detroit School Series: Jennifer Carlson

March 31, 2014
Time: 5:30pm
Rackham West Conference Room (4th Floor)

Jennifer Carlson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She studies guns, policing and the moral politics of violence. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with gun carriers and pro-gun advocates in the Metro Detroit area, her book project (Oxford University Press) shows how suspicion of the state’s power to police, combined with the embodied practice of gun carry, sustains a new politics of policing, crime and insecurity.

Focusing on male gun carriers of diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds in Metro Detroit, Calrson makes three claims: 1) that men’s embrace of guns is situated in broader processes of socio-economic decline; 2), that these processes of decline open up opportunities to forge new definitions of masculinity and citizenship; and 3), that the broad appeal of this gun-focused citizenship brings together wide swaths of men, even as gun politics remain one of the most deeply divisive issues in American politics. She suggests that at the center of contemporary gun politics lies a reformulation of good citizenship centered on everyday Americans’ willingness to protect and police.

About The Detroit School Series
Both the Chicago School of Sociology and the L.A. School of Urbanism have contributed many ideas to understanding cities. But Detroit is neither a dense, industrial Chicago nor a sprawling, fast-growing, immigrant-rich Los Angeles. Yet Detroit is representative of a host of cities that have experienced sustained and substantial deindustrialization, depopulation, and disinvestment since World War II.

Is it time to establish a Detroit School of Urban Studies? If so, what defines it? How does thinking about Detroit-like cities change the questions we ask and the answers we pursue in the many disciplines that contribute to urban studies? What do we gain by rallying a community of scholars under the Detroit School banner? What do we lose? Explore these issues throughout the academic year through the Detroit School Series.

Learn more at http://www.umich.edu/~detsch/index.html