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Gauging and Engaging Deviance, 1600-2000

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Gauging and Engaging Deviance is at once a creative and challenging work. It is not just a critique of the sociological canon, but an imaginative reconstruction that is generous to all nooks and crannies of the planet. It is also a memorial to modernity’s victims, whether they were perceived to be deviant or not. Its broad historical range, its geographical spread, and its attention to race and power create a conceptual grammar through which we can speak of the key challenges, traumas and violence of the contemporary period. Through its pages of the Maroon and the Pirate meet Don Quixote, the Thug and the Apostate in a journey that takes the reader through slave factories, plantations, prisons and extermination camps, gauging the price of what it has meant to struggle to be contrary or free.

Ari Sitas

Ari Sitas is a poet, dramatist, activist and sociologist. He was at the core of the transformation of Labour Studies, of popular and theatre work, and a range of cultural initiatives in South Africa. He has been awarded the highest honour bequeathed to South Africans for his scientific and creative work, the Order of Mapungubwe. In 2016, he was the inaugural Bhagat Singh Chair at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town and a Gutenberg Chair at the University of Strasbourg.


Faisal Garba

Faisal Garba is a Ghanaian Research Associate in the Third African Diaspora project of the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Nicos Trimikiniotis

Nicos Trimikliniotis is a Cypriot sociologist and lawyer associated with the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, and co-leads a programme on Reconciliation on the island of Cyprus.

Sumangala Damodaran

Sumangala Damodaran is an academic at Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) who works in the areas of Development Studies and Popular Music Studies. She is also a musician and composer who has archived and written about Indian resistance music traditions, and done collaborative performative and scholarly work on music with poets, musicians and academics. She has undertaken research and documentation of the musical tradition of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) from the 1940s and 1950s, and has performed extensively from the documented repertoire. She has also collaborated with poets and musicians from South Africa in a project titled 'Insurrections', and is currently engaged in researching the relationship between music and migration, particularly of women in slavery and servitude across centuries and across vast tracts of the globe that were linked through long-distance trade in commodities and symbolic goods. This is a collaborative project between scholars and musicians, and several universities, in Africa and Asia.


Wiebke Keim

Wiebke Keim is a German sociologist at CRNS in Strasbourg, France, and coordinates, through the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany, a major research programme on circulating knowledge between the North and the South.