First Fridays: Lecture Series in New Historical Research

Date(s) - 12/01/2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Haag Hall, #301


Latinxs in the Heartland:  The Political Economy of Placemaking

Alejandro Garay-Huaman, Ph.D. candidate in Economics and Graduate Research Assistant at the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program, and Dr. Clara Irazábal-Zurita, Professor of Planning, and Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program, UMKC

The relationship between the processes of global capitalist accumulation and placemaking and community building of Latinxs in the Kansas City metro area is analyzed through the lens of the social structures of accumulation (SSA) approach. The SSA is defined by a set of articulated institutional arrangements that favors the process of capital accumulation. Three different SSA are identified during the 20th century: (1) The monopolistic SSA of the first quarter of the 20th century; (2) the Keynesian SSA of the postwar period; and (3) the neoliberal SSA, which emerged in the 1980s. The particular institutional arrangements of each SSA have had profound impacts not only among Latinx communities in the heartland, but also among their transnational networks within the Americas. Dispossessions and labor displacements in the Americas during the late 19th and early 20th century were intimately related to the making of the Latinx working class and their emplacement in Kansas City.

Admission is free

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