Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High-Poverty School

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 2:00pm
Commonwealth Honors College 160E

Calvin Morrill, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor of Law & Sociology at Berkeley Law, will present.

The presentation focuses on the social ingenuity with which teens informally and peacefully navigate strife-ridden peer trouble. Based on 16 years of ethnographic fieldwork in an multi-ethnic and multiracial, high-poverty school in the American southwest, the research complicates our vision of urban youth, along the way revealing the resilience of students in the face of the carceral disciplinary tactics. 

Calvin Morrill, PhD is Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law, Professor of Sociology, and Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy / Legal Studies in the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  He studies the emergence of and responses to social conflict in interpersonal, organizational, and institutional contexts.  Among his books are The Executive Way: Conflict Management in Corporations (University of Chicago Press) and, with Michael Musheno, Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High-Poverty School (University of Chicago Press). 

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.   The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

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