For Discipline, Miguel Centeno and I will collect data on a series of ethnographic and historical case studies, each fitting into one of five subtypes of 'discipline', in order to identify and examine sets of practices that seem to lead to orderly, disciplined behavior. The project is framed by our proposing a critical relationship between unlikely pairs, related through the notion of discipline; for example, we find that the strictures and guidelines of one particular form of discipline connects the practices of Benedictine monks and college football players. Our central argument is that discipline is central to the fate of individuals, institutions, and societies, but that we need to better understand it before we are able to fully appreciate its significance.

In Spring 2016 we will co-teach a Princeton freshman seminar based on this project.