Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Many Hands of the State: An ABF Book Launch

[We have the following announcement.]

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at 6pm for a book discussion and reception for The Many Hands of the State: Theorizing Political Authority and Social Control.  Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. CT, at the American Bar Foundation, 750 N Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.  The reception is sponsored by the American Bar Foundation, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

The Many Hands of the State is a new book co-edited by Kimberly J. Morgan, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, and Ann Shola Orloff, professor of sociology and political science at Northwestern University, and includes contributions from ABF Director Ajay K. Mehrotra. The co-editors, joined by contributors Elisabeth S. Clemens and William J. Novak, will lead a discussion on the book, followed by a Q&A with attendees. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

About The Many Hands of the State.  The state is central to social scientific and historical inquiry today, reflecting its importance in domestic and international affairs. States kill, coerce, fight, torture, and incarcerate, yet they also nurture, protect, educate, redistribute, and invest. It is precisely because of the complexity and wide-ranging impacts of states that research on them has proliferated and diversified. Yet, too many scholars inhabit separate academic silos, and theorizing of states has become dispersed and disjointed. This book aims to bridge some of the many gaps between scholarly endeavors, bringing together scholars from a diverse array of disciplines and perspectives who study states and empires. The book offers not only a sample of cutting-edge research that can serve as models and directions for future work, but an original conceptualization and theorization of states, their origins and evolution, and their effects.

Space for this event is limited. Registration, here, is required.   Questions?  Please email Cheyenne Blount at