Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



Major Professor

Michelle Brown

Committee Members

Lois Presser, Harry Dahms


In this project, I explore the relationship of biosocial perspectives, specifically the study of energy and entropy, to contemporary work in criminology and social theory. After working through an elaboration of entropy, I explore its relevance to social life through an eclectic but necessary survey of a key set of scholars whose work focuses upon the sacrifice and criminalization of the poor, the intensification of exclusion and genocidal contexts, and finally, the possibility of a politics of change through indigenous knowledges. Bringing these various schools of thought together allows us to see the interdisciplinary linkages that might better reveal the urgency of emergency in our contemporary era.

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