Ann Lucas Lecture Series: Anthony M. Platt

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STUDIES AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

presents:

THE ANN LUCAS LECTURE SERIES IN LAW & JUSTICE

Anthony M. Platt, “The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
4:00pm-6:00pm
Engineering room 189, SJSU

DISCUSSANTS:

Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, Associate Professor, Sacramento State University
Barry Krisberg, Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Geoff Ward, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Hailed as a definitive analytical and historical study of the juvenile justice system, this 40th anniversary edition of The Child Savers features a new essay by Anthony M. Platt that highlights recent directions in the field, as well as a critique of his original text. Focusing on social reformers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Platt’s principal argument is that the “child savers” movement was not an effort to liberate and dignify youth but, instead, a punitive and intrusive attempt to control the lives of working-class urban adolescents. This expanded edition provides a renewed and distinguished contribution by placing it in historical context through insightful commentaries from cross-disciplinary academics, along with an essay by Miroslava Chávez-García examining how Platt’s influential study has impacted many of the central arguments social scientists and historians face today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anthony M. Platt is a professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento. He is the author of several books on American history, social policy, and race relations.

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About Jeff Handmaker

I teach law, human rights, law and development and social justice and conduct research on legal mobilization as a tenured faculty member at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2017 I was a visiting research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. My long-time association with South Africa and Southern Africa continues as a visiting fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and as an Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights. I hold various ancillary positions, including as a project board member of the Public Interest Litigation Project and regularly give public lectures in the Netherlands, Europe and elsewhere in the world. My current research applies legal mobilization as an analytical lens to evaluate the legitimacy, capacity, structural limitations and transformative potential – including the symbolic value – for strategic legal mobilization to hold governments, individuals and corporations accountable, particularly when they are involved in serious human rights violations. Recent publications include: with Karin Arts (co-editor) (2018) Mobilizing International Law for ‘Global Justice’ (Cambridge University Press) and (2018) and ‘The Legitimacy Crisis Within International Criminal Justice and the Importance of Critical, Reflexive Learning’ in B Jessop & K Knio (Eds.), pp. 189-206, The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises: Dynamics, Construals and Lessons (Routledge).
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