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On Thin Ice: Bureaucratic Processes of Monetary Sanctions & Job Insecurity, Michele Cadigan (Labor Studies Workshare, 3/15/2019)

Posted: 3/11/2019 (Local Events)

Michele Cadigan, UW Sociology
12:30pm-2:00pm • Smith Hall, Room 306, UW Seattle

Abstract: Research on court-imposed monetary sanctions has not fully examined how processes used to  manage court debt impact individuals lives. Drawing from both interviews and ethnographic data across Illinois and Washington State, we examine how labor market experiences are shaped by the court’s management of justice-related debt. We conceptualize these processes as procedural pressure points or moments embedded within these management systems that strain individuals’ ability to access and maintain stable employment. As a result, courts undermine their own goal of recouping costs and trap individuals in an cycle of court surveillance.

Format: Cadigan’s paper will be circulated to registered attendees a week in advance of the workshare.  Participants are expected to read the paper before the meeting and be prepared for a discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch.  Coffee and cookies will be served.

RSVP:  To register for the workshare and receive the paper, please e-mail .

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Date: 03/15/2019

Time: 12:30-2:00 PM

Location: Smith Hall, Room 306