Three Faces of Labor: Uncovering the Hidden Ties Among Gender, Race and Class

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Three Faces of Labor

Spring 2022

Taught By: Nancy Fraser

Section: A

CRN: 11153

Credits: 3

The idea for this seminar comes from W.E.B. Du Bois. Characterizing abolition as a labor movement, he speculated that the course of US history would have been fundamentally altered had the movement that aimed to emancipate enslaved back laborers united with the country’s other labor movement, which aimed to counter the degraded condition of free white wage workers. For Du Bois, the tragic failure of these “two labor movements” to recognize one another squandered the chance to build a labor democracy and helped set the US squarely on the road to plutocracy. This seminar is designed to adapt and extend Du Bois’s idea to present conditions. We ask: Can anti-racist (and anti-imperialist) movements in the post-slavery era be usefully viewed as unrecognized labor struggles in societies that still rely on the expropriation of dependent labor? And if so, why stop there? Can we view feminist movements, too, as unacknowledged struggles over work in systems built on a gendered separation of paid “productive labor” from unpaid carework? More generally, can capitalist societies be fruitfully understood as relying on three analytically distinct but mutually imbricated forms of labor: exploited, expropriated, and domesticated? And if so, do the historically shifting relations between these three faces of labor constitute the hidden ties among gender, race, and class in capitalist societies? By disclosing those hidden ties, finally, can we grasp the relations among, not two, but three labor movements and evaluate prospects for uniting them?

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 5:44am 1/20/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 910

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022