For scholars of labor history in a global context, see this timely call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Working-Class Studies:
Epitomised by Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and Australia’s hard line on asylum seekers, we are living in a time of global revolt against establishment systems of governance. Working-class, poor, and other disenfranchised people are appearing as both agents and casualties of change.
What can help explain this moment? Economic precarity, nationalism, protectionist sentiments, xenophobia, anti-elitist resentment, or a combination of these elements? Who truly suffers, and who benefits, from times when, as Michael Moore suggested, the masses throw a ‘human Molotov cocktail’ like Trump at politics-as-usual, or use the Brexit referendum as a way to send a message? And how is class uniquely shaping this moment of popular revolt, reaction, and — on a more hopeful note —potential ‘consciousness raising’ around the intersection of class with issues like immigration, refugee sanctuary, health care, environmental degradation, and human rights more generally?
This issue of The Journal of Working Class Studies seeks essays including, but not limited to, investigations of:
· The impact of protectionist trade policies on working-class people
· The effects of hard-line immigration policies on working-class communities
· The impact of Brexit, Trump’s presidency, or other disruptive political events on working-class people of color, the LGBTQI community, and/or other marginalized communities
· How nationalist racism operates in working-class communities
· Voting patterns of working-class people
· Working-class attitudes toward immigration policies
· ‘Anti-elitism’ and class
· The role of working-class activism in resisting nationalism and protectionism
The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.