GLRC hosts talk on penal labour and politics

The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) will host a talk on “The Geography of Penal Labour: Some Thoughts on Penal Politics in Canada and the U.S.” featuring Philip Goodman, assistant professor of sociology, University of Toronto, on Nov. 17.

global-labour-goodmanThe talk, which runs 12:30 to 2pm in Ross S802, explores some early thoughts on comparing penal labour and penal politics in Canada and the U.S.

Jordan House, graduate program in political science, York University, will also be present as a discussant.

After summarizing some of the main findings from two research projects – one on prison fire camps in California, and the other on the socio-politics surrounding the closure of federal prison farms in Canada – several provisional themes and questions that can help analyze and critique penal labour across the U.S. and Canada will be developed.

Goodman is assistant professor of sociology and affiliated faculty of the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. His research focuses primarily on punishment, prisons, race, and the history of penal change. This scholarship has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Criminology, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Law & Society Review, Social Problems, Theoretical Criminology, and Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society.

House is a PhD student in the graduate program in political science at York University. He holds an honours BA and MA in political science from the University of New Brunswick. His research interests include the politics of prison, policing and state repression; the political economy of prison and prison labour; and labour movement renewal and strategy. His doctoral dissertation looks at prisoner labour organizing in the United States and Canada.

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Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

The event is co-sponsored by York University’s Departments of Geography, Political Science, and Social Science.
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