Generative work: day labourer's Freirean praxis
|Dates:||22 May 2014|
|Times:||12:30 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||Manchester Urban Institute|
|Who is it for:||Current University students, University staff|
This presentation is the second in a series of three talks by Nik Theodore, Hallsworth Vising Professor in the School of Environment, Education & Development.
It will examine the politicisation of precarious work in the U.S., focusing on the evolution of grassroots organising strategies by immigrant day labourers, an allegedly “unorganisable” class of contingent workers. The presentation focuses on the ways in which repertoires of contestation – based in a philosophy of social transformation through radical democracy and Popular Education – have defused from mass-movement social struggles in Latin America in the 1980s to street corner organising in US cities today. Through a series of in-depth interviews with day labourers and organisers, the presentation: (1) traces the continental travels of Popular Education methodologies, and (2) explores how organizsng approaches from the global South have been adapted and recombined to improve conditions in low-wage labour markets.
Lunch will be provided. No booking is required but please arrive promptly!
Organisation: University of Illinois at Chicago
Biography: Nik Theodore is Professor of Urban Planning and Policy and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois at Chicago. His co-authored book with Jamie Peck on policies mobilities, Fast Policy, is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press. His research has been published in economics, public policy, and urban studies journals including: Cambridge Journal of Economics, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Geography, European Urban and Regional Studies, Global Networks, Urban Studies, Political Geography, Antipode, and others.
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