Spaces of Struggle: Racial Capitalism and Politics of Care

Schools of Public Engagement: BPATS

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Spaces of Struggle
Fall 2024
Taught By: Ujju Aggarwal
Section: A

CRN: 17122

Credits: 3

The global pandemic—and the years since—brought to the fore new experiments, insurgencies, and mobilizations as well as greater visibility to and emphasis on vulnerability, inter-dependence, and care. These experiments have invoked the politics of abolition, mutual aid, prefigurative politics as well as insurgent claims within and against the racial state. This course will examine questions related to these experiments to consider: What does social reproduction mean? Why is the racial in racial capitalism important, and how does it shift how we map power—and resistance, and the shape of liberatory futures? Over the course of the semester, will examine these questions considering how, what Cindi Katz refers to as the “fleshy, messy, and indeterminate stuff of everyday life,” provides insight to social reproduction as an uneven terrain of social struggle; one that can illuminate how enclosure, dispossession, value extraction, and differentiation —integral to racial capitalism—takes shape. In doing so, we will center questions related to feminist theories of subjugated knowledge production, abolition, the politics and praxis of care, structures of relationality, the limits of liberal reform. Drawing from feminist theory, critical race studies, anthropology, and critical geography, we will engage global case studies of locally situated struggles and contestations—from occupied factories and schools, to the home and the domestic realm (and more)—and their attendant theories of change and practices to reimagine and redefine relationality, kinship, belonging, and rights.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: BPATS (BPAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 9

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 4:02am EDT 6/17/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/3/2024