"Rights, Reinscription and Racial Inequality" L. B. Neilsen (NWU) ~ Law & Society and Socio-Legal Studies

This presentation examines how law perpetuates inequalities of race, sex, disability, in different ways in different social locations.  I hope to engage you in thinking about the relationship between rights, law, hierarchy, and legal consciousness in my research which is primarily in the US context in order to introduce you to the theoretical concept I am currently developing that I am calling “Relational Rights.”  All of my research centers on one theoretical question:  Under what conditions can law be harnessed for progressive social change. Specifically, how can law be used to remedy inequalities of unearned privilege like race, sex, sexual orientation, ability, and the like? Using a variety of methods in different organizational, institutional, and legal contexts, I use legal consciousness as a theoretical and methodological framework for my questions. The talk will focus on research about street harassment, employment discrimination, and campus sexual assault. ~~~ Dr. Laura  Beth Nielsen is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation,  Professor of Sociology, & Director of the Center for Legal Studies  at Northwestern University. Event Poster: LASO Speakers Series 2018 10 22 - L B Nielsen