Supper Culture Club – Spring 2012

Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00
Second Floor Seminar Room – 210 Prospect Street

Wednesday, February 15

Shai Dromi, CCS Junior Fellow

This paper traces the debates surrounding the eviction of Jewish-Israeli settlers from the territories relinquished by Israeli in the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza and Northern Samaria. It focuses on the ways in which representatives of the evictees represented their grievances in front of the parliamentary committee that reviewed their allotted compensation. The analysis demonstrates that the existing sociological literature about the settlers, which tends to focus on their religious-cum-political ideology or on their economic interests, falls short of explaining the settlers’ varied and multi-layered claims in the hearings. Drawing on the cultural sociology of social performance (Alexander, Giesen and Mast 2006), pragmatic sociology of evaluation (Boltanski and Thévenot 2006), and the study of commensuration (Espeland and Stevens 1998), this article suggests that actors draw on multiple ideas of what justice is in a specific debate, and may make various claims that are irreducible to one, coherent ideology. Through this perspective, the analysis shows that the settlers’ claims were only partially oriented towards maximizing their monetary compensation, and that they were equally concerned with voicing their anguish with the impending eviction and with the incommensurability of some of their losses, such as the loss of their communities, their symbolic relation to their land, and their good standing as law-abiding citizens of their country. These findings have methodological and theoretical implications for the more general study of reparations and public debate.

Tuesday, February 21

Joe Klett, CCS Junior Fellow

Tuesday, March 20
Annika Arnold, CCS Visiting Graduate Student
Annika will be presenting her work in the CCS Workshop on Friday, March 23rd.

Tuesday, April 3
Jin Su Joo, CCS Junior Fellow

Tuesday, April 17
Julia Rozanova, The University of British Columbia
Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health

Dear Supper Club members,

I am going to share with you my most recent project that is very much work in progress. I am immensely excited about it. The paper tells the story as I see it at the moment, and shares as much of the story as I have uncovered to date.
The language is unpolished, and the ideas need much further refinement. Some sections have particularly ample room for further improvement (especially the discussion), and I did not put together the references section at all yet. In sum, this paper is at the ‘ugly duckling’ stage but I trust it is meant to mature into the beautiful swan of a sophisticated, elegant, sparkly, and deep cultural sociological analysis because of the issue that is at its core and that drives it. The amount of further work this paper will need is most considerable, but at the end, I would like to target it to the highest end ‘good olde journal’ :)

Thank you very much for reading this paper. I very much look forward to having the discussion on Tuesday!


Tuesday, April 24
Jensen Sass, CCS Junior Fellow