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Work and Democracy in the Global Society

3 unit(s) Cross-list: GLOBAL 730 One cannot understand work and democracy without grappling with their containers, economy and politics, or the political economy. This course is an exercise to concretize what it means to employ an “INTER-nationalist” analysis in understanding the global political economy. Suturing the interconnections, or what Lisa Lowe terms “the intimacies” of four continents, we trace from the histories of the Atlantic slave trade, European imperialism, Japanese imperialism, international workers movements, and the Great Partition to transitions to the Fordist economy and neoliberal globalization. We interrogate the ideas of freedom and autonomy, liberal democracy, neoliberalism, and racial capitalism through the works of the Black Radical Tradition, Indigenous studies, the Marxist tradition, and post-colonial studies. Our goal is to piece together our current conjuncture of abolitionist futures, insurgent anti-authoritarian, and anti-austerity struggles in order to enable its diffractions.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes Language?: No

Tommy Wu

Assistant Professor