Class Analysis in an Emancipatory Sociological Tradition

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements (host committee)

Language: English

Can class politics again be the basis for emancipatory projects? If so, how? This session welcomes papers that contribute to what Erik Olin Wright has outlined as an "emancipatory social science," elaborating a systematic diagnosis of capitalism, envisioning viable alternatives, and proposing the directions of transformation. Specifically, we are interested in studies that take theories of class into the center of their analyses, attending to the ways in which class is mobilized as a political category, understood as an analytical category, and contrasts with, complements, and constitutes other bases of social movement mobilization. We hope to explore how we might fashion an emancipatory sociology with class at its analytic center, and that is capable of informing and contributing to the criticism of our current economic system and to its reconstruction on a radically egalitarian basis.
Session Organizers:
Ali DADGAR, University of Windsor, Canada and John KRINSKY, City College New York, USA
Ali DADGAR, Independent Researcher, Iran
John KRINSKY, City College New York, USA
Oral Presentations
From the Meritocratic Illusion to the Notion of Social Equity in Working Class
Classes, Hinges and Socialist Emancipation: South Africa and Beyond
Peter ALEXANDER, University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Carin RUNCIMAN, University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Trevor NGWANE, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Race, Class, Gender, and Movement Vision for the Current Moment: Lessons from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers
Walda KATZ-FISHMAN, Howard University, USA; Jerome SCOTT, League of Revolutionaries for a New America, USA; Rose BREWER, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA
The Emancipatory Potential of Income Transfer and Political Participation in Contexts of Poverty and Violence
Emil Albert SOBOTTKA, Pontifical Catholic University at Porto Alegre, Brazil
Housing Struggles: Integration, Recognition and Political Activism
Taísa SANCHES, Ponthifical Catholic University Rio de Janeiro, Brazil