Focus on Black diasporic labor as a central
component in the development of Western
hemispheric political and economic systems.
Historical, sociocultural, and transnational
examination of Black people's encounter with
capitalist relations of production; slavery;
internal and diasporic labor migration; class
mobility and racialized work; Black responses to
exploitative systems via labor and social
movements; cultural practices and performance;
representation of self and community on the
internet and via social media. Consideration will
be given to leisure as well as work and how these
construct/frame identity and belonging. Students
will read from works in anthropology, sociology,
and the humanities with emphasis on those produced
by authors of color; part of our work will be to
ask how race and labor figure into authorial
intent, knowledge production, and professional