#TURU (The Un Regulated Underbelly, December 21, 2019):

Are you a part of the underworld? Would you like the society to applaud you? Do you gamble? Or, consume illicit liquor? Is the disorderly the underbelly? Will you inherit property? How has dowry existed in many societies for centuries? What changes the valuation of grooms? Are the values of criminals and police often very similar? Is there something fundamentally criminal about sex-selective abortion? Why do (some) women prefer to have a son? Are there power hierarchies inside prisons? What is the State really? When is it important? However, are people also always undoing the State? Might ‘planning’ create disorder? How should people move? Don’t you find Paris lovely? Do bus stops increase land value? Does law always interact with norms & technologies? Do we understand how norms change? Are people rational agents? How are their preferences aggregated? Where must beggars live? Do you need the working class? Do slum dwellers prefer free houses? Can the State flout its own laws? Are the illegal/legal interfaces often economic? What is unauthorized about unauthorized colonies? &, what is the future of order, planning, State, and evasion? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from economics (Dr. S. Anukriti, Boston College, Boston), political science (Dr. Sushmita Pati, Azim Premji University, Bangalore), & social work (Prof. Vijay Raghavan, TISS, Mumbai).

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SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TURU show.

Prof. S. Anukriti (economics) is Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (USA). She is also associated with Women’s and Gender Studies Program (Boston College) as an Affiliated Faculty. Prior to this she worked as a Consultant with World Bank (2007-2008), and as a Senior Research Assistant at International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC (2006-2007). Her research interests are development economics, economics of the family and gender, & demography. She completed a B.A. in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (DU, 2002), then an M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (DU, 2004), and then went to Columbia University (New York, USA) to do her Ph.D. (2013) in Economics. Her thesis was titled, ‘Essays on Fertility and Sex Ratios in India’. She is also a Research Fellow at HKS Women and Public Policy Program (Harvard University, 2018-2019), a Fellow at Center for Development Economics and Policy (Columbia University, 2014), and a Research Affiliate at Institute of Labor Economics (IZA, Germany, 2013). Dr. Anukriti’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as: Economic Journal, Journal of Human Resources, & American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. She has received multiple grants, including: Northeastern University Tier-I Grant (2017-2018), & Boston College Research Incentive Grant (2016-2017). Dr. Anukriti has presented in seminars & conferences across multiple universities around the world, including, University of Essex, University of Oxford, Ashoka University, UC Santa Barbara, Carnegie Mellon, & University of Chicago.

Dr. Sushmita Pati (political science) is Assistant Professor, School of Development, Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. Prior to this, she was in the Political Science Departments of Ramjas College (2012-2013) and St. Stephen’s College (2016) in University of Delhi (DU). Her research interests are urban politics, political economy and political theory. Dr. Pati completed B.A. in Political Science (Hons.) from Lady Shriram College (DU, 2007), and then went to Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to complete her M.A. (2009), M.Phil. (2011) and Ph.D. (2017). She is currently working on her next book, tentatively titled, ‘Between Anxiety and Belonging-ness: Social life of rent in Urban Villages of Delhi’. Dr. Pati has published in multiple journals such as: Contributions to Indian Sociology, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), & Journal of Indian Law and Society. She has also contributed book chapters to two books titled: ’India and its Visual Cultures: Community, Class and Gender in a Symbolic Landscape’ (Sage Publications, 2018, edited by Uwe Skoda and Birgit Lettmann), and ‘Accumulation in Post-Colonial Capitalism’ (Springer, 2016, edited by Ranabir Samaddar, Samita Sen and Iman Kumar Mitra). As part of non-academic writing, she has contributed a web article for Café Dissensus titled: ‘Anxieties of ‘Dabanggai’: Tales from Delhi’s Urban Villages’, on Masculinity/ies in Urban India. Dr. Pati has received multiple fellowships including: Postdoctoral Fellowship, ICAS-MP (M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies, ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’, Delhi, 2019), & QES-AS fellowship (Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, Canada, 2018).

Prof. Vijay Raghavan (social work, criminology) is Professor with the Centre for Criminology and Justice (CCJ), School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. His primary research interests include custodial justice and prison reforms in post-colonial societies, social work intervention in the criminal justice system, and penalization of poverty, especially the homeless and nomadic and de-notified tribes. He did his Master’s in Social Work with Specialisation in Criminology and Correctional Administration and his Ph.D. in Social Work from TISS, on youth involved in organised crime. He is a founder member of Prayas, a field action project of the CCJ, which has been working since 1990, around protection of legal rights and social re-entry of criminal justice clients, in particular, under trial prisoners, released prisoners, children of prisoners and women in commercial sexual exploitation. He has been involved in training of police, prison and judicial officers both at the state and national level on issues such as gender, human rights, prisoners’ rights, correctional laws, anti-trafficking, and re-entry of crime affected persons. Prof. Raghavan’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as: Economic And Political Weekly (EPW), Indian Journal of Social Work, Indian Police Journal, Social Change, & Sociological Bulletin. He was nominated by TISS in 1995 to participate in the six-week Gender Planning Training Project (GPTP) organized by the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, U.K. and the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administration Academy, (Mussoorie). Prof. Raghavan is also Vice Chairperson, Indian Society of Criminology. [Note: Also a SynTalkr on #TMOV (The Mystery Of Violence)]

Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.

#TURU mentionsJeremy Bentham, Cesare Beccaria, Baron Haussmann, Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, Erwing Goffman, Donald Clemmer, William Chambliss, Paul R. Ehrlich, Bernard Cohn, Nicholas Dirks, Michel Foucault, Jagmohan, & AbdouMaliq Simone, among others.