Globalization’s Impact-Impoverishment Urban Workers & Unemployed Migrants and Solutions


The point of relevant learning is to change the terms of public debate, and to determine what we do now, once we understand: who profits from the conditions under  which the workers and unemployed live?






Activities Detail

Segments of all the teaching units Instances of this particular  teaching unit Commentary & Resources

Conceptst to define:

Racial capitalism
Globalization, corporate and from below
Food security, food sovereignty
Document, archive

Jalee, How capitalism Works (1977)
Mast, Detroit lives (1995).
Robinson, Black Marxism (2000)

Unit of analysis:

Integrated world economy

Martin & Beittel, Toward a global sociology? (1998)

Historical explanation:

Feminist theory
Post-colonial theory

Arrighi, Adam Smith in Beijing (2008)
Arrighi, The long 20th Century (2010)

Rules of evidence:

How do you explain/predict social crises? 


Cases to study

Senegal, in context of
W. Africa
Michigan, in context of U.S. Midwest

This is based on the field work done by the research group and library work done by research assistants and students in the course.

Comparative criteria

Government investment in public services
Wealth concentration
Changes in work force composition
Youth migration
Segregated housing
State violence or
Government  Terror
New illiteracy
Exclud./deval. languages
Food deserts
Health inequties
Struggle for redistribution & recognition

Cha-Jua & Lang, Strategies for Black liberation in the era of globalism. The Black Scholar, 29 (4), 25-47


Passing on problem solving methods from one generation to another: local knowledge production, popular culture and archives

Freire, P. (2000). Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Concepts redefined

Exploitation, Class- race -gender, Racial capitalism, Globalization, Impoverish-ment, Food security, Document