A Tale of Three Cities: Slum, Dispossession, and Class Struggle in the Global South

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017

By looking at three cities (Lagos, Nigeria; El Alto, Bolivia; and, by way of historical comparison, Victorian London) this talk will examine the impact of neoliberalism on the working classes of the two contemporary cities and how that has affected the development of class struggle, comparing it to the historical development of class struggle in Victorian London and the New Unionism movement. Building on the work Leo Zelig and Claire Ceruti have done on Johannesburg, this session will attempt to better understand the balance of class forces in the Global South and the role a working-class minority can play within a larger movement of the oppressed and exploited.

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