A day-long series of workshops taking up important questions in Marxist politics. Two tracks: one introductory and one assuming more prior background. Suggested reading below.
Workshops: Why the working class? • Social reproduction theory • Black feminism & intersectionality
Sponsored by the Bay Area ISO. Sliding scale donation $5-20.
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READINGS & PREPARATION:
Why the Working Class Can Change Society:
Hal Draper on the Working Class as the “universal class” (in Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution,
Vol. 2 – chapters 1, 2 and 3 (“Patterns of Revolution,” “The Special Class,”
Selection from What is to Be Done, “The working class as vanguard fighter for democracy,”
Marxism and Women’s Oppression:
Social reproduction theory
Tithi Battacharya, “What is Social Reproduction Theory,”
Sharon Smith, “Theorizing Women’s Oppression, Part I”,
Intersectionality: Black feminism vs. postmodernism
Combahee River Collective Statement,
Andrea Smith (first two pages): “The Problem with ‘Privilege’” at
Kimberlé Crenshaw, K. “Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex:
A Black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory, and antiracist politics,”
University of Chicago Legal Forum, p.p. 139–167, 1989.