Title: Groundwork for a Sociology of Corruption

Project Overview: We propose to hold the first-ever symposium on sociological approaches to the study of corruption.  While corruption has risen to the top of the scholarly agenda in other social sciences, sociology has remained surprisingly silent in spite of its ideal intellectual equipment to understand corruption as fundamentally embedded in social structures.  We aim to end this silence by assembling a group of mid- and early-career scholars--led by ourselves and stimulated by keynotes from eminent figures--to articulate an agenda for the sociology of corruption and define the framing debates in this nascent field.  We will recruit this group both by directly inviting scholars working in and around the sociology of corruption and also by issuing an open call for paper proposals to identify promising scholars outside our intellectual networks.  We will meet for a two-day symposium at the University of Chicago in Fall 2020, and expect three main products to result: first, an ongoing intellectual dialogue among a core group of scholars working on the sociology of corruption; second, a special journal issue focused on a high-impact statement of what the field is now and has the potential to become; and third, an edited book volume showcasing a wider variety of scholarship presented at the symposium.

Bio: Marco Garrido is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Chicago. He recently published a book entitled The Patchwork City: Class, Space, and Politics in Metro Manila (University of Chicago Press).