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Classification Seminar fellows presentations: Aghil Daghagheleh (Sociology) and Hana Shepherd (Sociology)


From: Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 01:10pm

To: Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 04:10pm


Classification Seminar May 8

Join us on May 8th for our final Classification Seminar of the year on May 8th at 1:00pm.


Law as Tablet vs. Law as Tool: Interpreting Legal Authority within City Enforcement Agencies 

Laws have complex lives beyond their ratification; the people and organizations tasked with implementing those laws interpret their meaning and make choices about what constitutes compliance with those laws. This paper, part of a larger project on how city government agencies enforce local labor law, examines the conditions under which enforcement agency employees understand the legal authority they have for enforcement. Drawing on interviews with agency management and staff, and documents produced by the agencies, I examine how these offices come to understand the law and develop an orientation toward the laws the enforce: is law a tablet or a tool? I consider the role of the local political and bureaucratic context in allowing for or constraining certain approaches toward legal authority.   


Hana Shepherd is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. She specializes in the study of culture and cognition, social networks, and organizations. She studies how social processes at different levels of analysis contribute to cultural change. She uses diverse methods to study social processes, including network analysis, lab and field-based experiments, interviews, and archival research.



Religious Delinking: Unarticulated Refusal and Religious Conversion Among the Arab minority in Iran

Through exploring the experience of religious change among the Arab minority in Iran, I will introduce religious delinking as a mode of indigenous refusal. Religious delinking, I argue, is a response to the state’s strategy of linking Shia-Islam with a Persian-centric nationalism in order to rectify the national imaginary and build homogeneity. The origins of religious delinking and its various manifestations will be discussed. 


Aghil Daghagheleh Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Sociology, Rutgers University. He is currently a graduate fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University (CCA). In his paper, “Ambivalent Voting Behavior: Ideology, Efficacy and the Socioeconomic Dynamic of Voter Turnout in Iran, 1997-2005,” published in Sociological Forum, he examines the dynamics of voting behavior in Iran. His dissertation, “Indigenous Refusal: Resistance, Subjectivity, and Construction of Arabness in Iran,” is an ethnographic and historical study examining the modalities of resistance among an indigenous Arab community in Iran.


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