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CSLS Speaker Series: LIAM MARTIN

Monday, October 7, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society 
is pleased to announce the next speaker in the Fall 2019 CSLS Speaker Series




Lecturer, Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)


Speaking on his research

“The Recovery Hustle: Race and Reintegration in Postindustrial America”


Drawing on ethnographic research at a halfway house for men leaving prison and jail, this paper examines the experience of three residents on the frontlines of an emerging recovery-reintegration nexus. All identified outwardly as “in-recovery,” but made sense of the program in varied and surprising ways, often rejecting the associated practices. Differences in approach were linked to distinct locations in a racialized structure of opportunities: white resident Paul Barry juggled conflicting demands on his time from the program and the factory where he worked by defining paid work as itself a form of recovery, black resident Tim Williams looked to recovery as a mobility pathway and chance to overcome barriers to employment, and Joe Badillo used a more flexible Puerto Rican identity to straddle social boundaries in recovery. At a time when prisoner reentry is increasingly governed by logics of coercive drug treatment, the paper traces the interplay of structure and agency as people navigating these systems make sense of recovery while trying to reintegrate to a post-industrial urban landscape.


The related paper is available via email or in hard copy at the Center.



Please join us on Monday, October 7 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave. 


Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Catherine Albiston, Faculty Director


Monday, October 7, 2019
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Center for the Study of Law and Society


Philip Selznick Seminar Room
2240 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150 United States
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