Order without Law? Gangs and Other Forms of Alternative Social Order in and Beyond the Prison

Hosted by the Department of Law

Old Theatre, Old Building


Dr Insa Koch

Dr Lisa McKenzie

Dr David Skarbek


Professor Nicola Lacey

There has been much debate in recent years about the role of gangs in both disrupting and providing social order.  In this event, scholars from three disciplines draw on their research to debate the significance of gangs and other mechanisms of informal social ordering, the conditions under which they arise, and their relationship to formal sources of social ordering such as law.

Insa Koch is Assistant Professor in Law and Anthropology at LSE Law.

Lisa McKenzie (@redrumlisa) is a Fellow in the Department of Sociology at LSE.

David Skarbek (@DavidSkarbek) is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at King’s College London.

Nicola Lacey is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy, attached to the Departments of Law and Social Policy and to the Gender Institute at LSE.

LSE Law (@lselaw) is an integral part of the School's mission, plays a major role in policy debates & in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world.

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