Class [and] Warfare: A Conversation on Class, War, and Militarization, from the Civil War to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

This roundtable examines America’s wars as a way to engage the conference call to explore the myriad social forces that have shaped American inequality. We define war broadly, to include not merely the battle but the militarized politics, culture, and economic arrangements that make it possible. We posit that wars are moments of class struggle, […]

Provision of Essential Services to All: Universal Service as a Goal of Public Policy and Public Utility Regulation in the U.S.

Widespread availability of essential services – especially electricity, gas and telecommunications – has been a hall-mark of American life since the middle of the twentieth century. It is one of the defining features of the standard of living in the US. Beginning in the 1930’s a suite of laws and policies to provide universal service […]

Legacies of the Black Freedom Movement: Women, Labor Organizing, and Social Justice in the New Economy

This panel explores the continuity of tactics between the black freedom movement of the 1960s and 1970s and recent social movement and labor organizing. The current upsurge of organizing, spearheaded by immigration activists and precarious workers, who have often been considered outside the formal labor movement, has reshaped the meaning of labor and labor organizing […]

Place and Voice in Working-Class Literature

Making An Icon; The Evaluation of Chicana/o Working Class Voice — Lindsey Cienfuegos
Making Connections: Critical Regionalisms in M. Snodgrass’s Krebs Chapbook and Mark Nowak’s Revenants — Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
Tracing a Geography of Labor in Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! — Wil Norton

Current Challenges to Decreasing Inequality

Inequality and the global environmental crisis – new tasks and challenges for the international working-class and environmental movement — Petra and Dieter Ilius
Why Fighting Neoliberalism Won’t End Inequality — Tanja N. Aho
Freedom, Ownership, and Capitalist Power: Liberal Background Noise in Poststructuralist Thought — Markus F. Faltermeier
A Labor of Love: Social Justice Workers and the Non-Profitization of Social Change — Andrew Anastasi

Issues Faced by the Contemporary Worker

Self-service Technology and the Control of Labor Time — Brian Thorn
The Epidemic of Wage Theft in Residential Construction — Tom Juravich
Payday Lending, the Free Market, and the Great Wage Stagnation — Devin Fergus
Work, family and gender- addressing Long Term Unemployment and the human infrastructure — Margaret Costello