TALK: "Urban Removal: Police, Prisons, and Domestic Policies after Civil Rights,” Elizabeth Hinton (History, Harvard University)
How did the United States become home to the largest prison system on the planet? Elizabeth Hinton will trace the development of the War on Crime from its origins in the War on Poverty through the rise of mass incarceration and the War on Drugs in the 1980s. Hinton's historical account situates the punitive policies of Ronald Reagan not as a sharp policy departure, but rather as the full realization of the shift towards surveillance and confinement that began at the height of the liberal welfare state and the civil rights revolution in the mid-1960s. In doing so Hinton opens new avenues to understanding the persistence of poverty and inequality in the United States, drawing our attention to the role of federal policymakers in sustaining policing and punishment as the nation's primary social programs.
Professor Hinton is an assistant professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she was named a Ford Fellow and a Michigan Society Fellow, and she earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2013. Her research engages with the ways in which urban policing and federal policy exacerbate racial inequality and reinforce perceived racial difference in U.S. society. She examines poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century with a focus on changes in domestic social programs and urban policing following the Civil Rights Movement. Her new book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: Race and Federal Policy in American Cities (2016, Harvard University Press), argues that the present-day mass incarceration crisis is rooted in Civil Rights Era policies. Professor Hinton also served as co-editor and contributor to 2011’s The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction, which considers postwar efforts by activists to advance the black power agenda within the context of anti-poverty programs.
Co-sponsors: The Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, the Institute for Advanced Studies at IU, College of Arts and Sciences Themester, the Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies, History, Political Science, and Criminal Justice.
- Thursday October 12, 2017 04:00 PM
- Thursday October 12, 2017 05:30 PM
- Bridgwaters Lounge, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center
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- This event is part of Themester 2017 Diversity • Difference • Otherness.
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- The Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, the Institute for Advanced Studies at IU, College of Arts and Sciences Themester, the Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies, History, Political Science, and Criminal Justice.