5 Big Ideas in Inequality: Justice - IV


01:48 | Idea 1 - Danielle Allen
10:06 | Idea 2 - Monica C. Bell
18:39 | Idea 3 - Cornell William Brooks
30:42 | Idea 4 - Vesla M. Weaver
46:15 | Q&A    - Sandra Susan Smith




Danielle AllenIDEA 1

The principle of association

Danielle Allen
James Bryant Conant University Professor
Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Harvard University

Danielle Allen slide








Monica C. BellIDEA 2

From policing to public safety
Toward a research agenda that denaturalizes policing

Monica C. Bell
Associate Professor of Law - Yale Law School
Associate Professor of Sociology
Yale University

Monica Bell slide

"In that writing, I made a critical error that plagues too much social science research. I was so focused on what my respondents said about policing that I did not take a holistic enough view of what they were saying about public safety and the broader processes of legal estrangement and solidarity.

To illustrate what I mean, I want to briefly tell you about my interview with Elmira . . . "



Cornell William BrooksIDEA 3

A Hippocratic form of policing: Do no harm

Cornell William Brooks
Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice
Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice 
Harvard Kennedy School

Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership
Harvard Divinity School

Cornell William Brooks slide

"I want to suggest that we think about a different model of policing, not in terms of policing as a guardian or policing as a warrior . . . [but rather] a physician model, one that focuses on the health and wellbeing of a community—as in community health. 

So if we think about policing as healing, looking at not harming communities, it has everything to do with a different way of understanding harm and a different way of policing the community and engaging more participants in the public safety enterprise."



Vesla M. WeaverIDEA 4

De-police youth

Vesla M. Weaver
Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor
of Political Science and Sociology
Johns Hopkins University

Vesla Weaver slide

"We need to reorient our system, not just eliminating contact, not just slowing the drag of youth into it. We need to reorient how the state relates to youth. 

My idea is simple, but it's not yet in our political imagination. Youthful spaces should not be punitive spaces, but places of civic incorporation.

What if instead of future wards going through processes of civic ostracism and criminalized identity development, we positioned youth as civic anchors, the next generation of leaders, as active democratic citizens with civic significance?"


Sandra Susan SmithDISCUSSION

Sandra Susan Smith
Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice 
Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management
Harvard Kennedy School

Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study