Crime, Sovereignty, and the State: On the Metaphysics of Global Disorder | University of Oxford

Crime, Sovereignty, and the State: On the Metaphysics of Global Disorder

Speaker
Jean Comaroff (Harvard) and John Comaroff (Harvard)
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 19:00
Venue
St Antony's College
62 Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6JF
Venue details

Investcorp Lecture Theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

This lecture explores the global preoccupation with criminality in the early twenty-first century, a preoccupation strikingly disproportionate, in most places and for most people, to the risks posed by lawlessness to the conduct of everyday life. Ours in an epoch in which law-making, law-breaking, and law-enforcement are ever more critical registers in which societies construct, contest, and confront truths about themselves. It argues that, as the result of a tectonic shift in the triangulation of capital, the state, and governance, the meanings attached to crime and, with it, the nature of policing, have undergone significant change; also, that there has been a palpable muddying of the lines between legality and illegality, between corruption and conventional business – even between crime-and-policing, which exist, nowadays, in ever greater, hyphenated complicity.