Speaker: Lynne Haney, Professor of Sociology, New York University

Abstract:

This talk will examine the intersection of mass incarceration and mass child support enforcement in the contemporary U.S. Based on material from her new book, Prisons of Debt, Haney will analyze how these two state systems work together to create complex entanglements for disadvantaged fathers–entanglements that form feedback loops of disadvantage and cycles of debt and punishment. Drawing on observations in child support courts across the U.S. and interviews with 225 indebted fathers, the talk also shows how prisons of debt too often undermine familial wellbeing and relations of care and reciprocity.