Globalization and Its Discontents

New School for Social Research: Historical Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)


Spring 2018

Taught By: Victoria Hattam

Section: A

CRN: 7197

Credits: 3

Scholars and journalists alike are talking about the return of manufacturing to the United States. This shift goes under many names: “reshoring,” maker movements, sharing economies, co-locating design and production. Some go so far as to suggest that we are entering a third industrial revolution. Is that so? If yes, how are older models of making in the United States being challenged and rethought? Where are new forms of production taking place? And who is benefiting and losing from the changes at hand? Are workers’ rights being undermined? And what about more general questions of authority in these new sites of production? What political infrastructures are aiding or abetting different visions of economic change? How are zoning policies and state subsidies shaping the contours of work? How are relations between home and work, urban and rural being reconfigured? Are these changes just a tempest in a tea cup or are they harbingers of major social change? What grounds might we use for making any such determination? In this seminar, we read both classic accounts of nineteenth century industrialization as well as accounts of how production is changing now. Readings will be drawn from across the humanities, social science, and design. Adding design into our accounts of industrialization is key since the relations between design and production fueled 19th century industrialization and lie at the center of much economic change now. Throughout the seminar, we will ground our reading in specific sites of economic change. Students will be asked to select a place with which to engage the reading of the course. Local sites might include, but are not limited to, the following: Industry City; Manufacturing NYC; the Navy Yards; Atlantic Avenue; Brooklyn’s Community Board 8; Gowanus; and Long Island City. Students are also welcome to include sites from further afield in the United States or in other countries as well.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Historical Studies (GHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 5

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:42am 5/23/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1002

Date Range: 1/26/2018 - 5/11/2018