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Loïc Wacquant

Loïc Wacquant is the Pitt Professor for 2016-17 in the Department of Sociology, Cambridge; Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley; and Researcher at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique, Paris. He grew up in Southern France, received his training in economics and sociology in France and the United States (Paris, Chapel Hill, Chicago) and was a student and close collaborator of Pierre Bourdieu for two decades. He has been a visiting professor in Los Angeles, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna and Paris. He is a co-founder and past editor of the interdisciplinary journal Ethnography and was a regular contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique from 1994 to 2004. He has served as a consultant on issues of urban poverty, violence, ethnicity, and crime and punishment to central and local governments, unions, and the courts in Europe and Latin America and to the ILO and the OECD. A MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellow, member of Harvard’s Society of Fellows and recipient of the Lewis Coser Award of the American Sociological Association, his research spans comparative urban inequality, the penal state, ethnoracial domination, embodiment, social theory and the politics of reason. His books have been translated into twenty languages.

Selected Publications

An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology, with Pierre Bourdieu (Polity and University of Chicago Press, 1992), translated into 19 languages.

Body and Soul: Notebooks of An Apprentice Boxer (Oxford University Press, 2004, new expanded edition 2016), translated into 8 languages.

Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality (Polity, 2008), translated into 8 languages.

Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity (Duke University Press, 2009), translated into 7 languages.

Prisons of Poverty (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), translated into 20 languages.

The Two Faces of the Ghetto (Polity, forthcoming).

  • Position: Pitt Professor for 2016-17
  • Tel: 01223 (3)34520
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ