Racial Capitalism and Resistance: Latin Civil Society in the Inland Empire

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Professor Paul Apostolidis

Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science

Expert Researcher in Residence at the Latin American Studies Research Center of the UCR

This lecture critically expands on racial-capitalist theory by examining labor processes and civil society action in Latinx communities of the Inland Empire. I first examine how the racializing dynamic of capital takes shape through labor and employment in the warehouse industry. Here, the focus is on the processes of obtaining and performing wage labor as well as the negative effects of logistical labor on the resources and socio-reproductive relationships of Latino workers, especially given the importance of night work in industry. A new reading of Marx’s chapter on “The working day” in Capital illuminates this part of the analysis. I then examine how various EI Latin civil society non-profit organizations have sought to transform the precarious social, ecological and political environments in which these working conditions are situated, including recent efforts to combat pandemic. These activities have the potential not only to solve pressing and specific local problems, but also to challenge racial-capitalist domination on a broader level. Popular education partnerships with these organizations through the UCR-based “Latinx Futures” research project aim to realize this potential.


Thursday, April 21 at 12 p.m.

for 2:00 p.m.

INTN, 1113

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