Gangsters and Troublesome Populations (Undergrad Lecture)




The term "gang" has been used to describe all kinds of collectives, from well-dressed mobsters to petty criminals to juvenile delinquents. About the only thing that has remained consistent about gangs is their characterization as the internal Other. This class investigates how the category of "the gang" serves to provoke discourses of "dangerous" subjects in urban enclaves. More broadly, we will examine the methods and means by which liberal democratic governments maintain their sovereign integrity through the containment of threatening populations.