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Where did Trump come from? Reproductive Politics, Whiteness, and Neoliberalism by Laura Briggs Chair and Professor, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Thu, April 19, 2018 | Glickman Conference Center CLA 1.302E

6:30 PM

Where did Trump come from? Reproductive Politics, Whiteness, and Neoliberalism Flyer
Where did Trump come from? Reproductive Politics, Whiteness, and Neoliberalism Flyer

Where did Trump come from? Reproductive Politics, Whiteness, and Neoliberalism

Laura Briggs Chair and Professor, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst

For many inside and outside the United States, the election of Donald J. Trump seemed to come out of nowhere—what happened to the nice US that elected Barack Obama? This talk explores the ways that both white supremacy and neoliberalism have been enacted through attacks on the reproduction and family forms particularly of women of color across the past forty years—from welfare “reform” that eliminated support for single mothers (by portraying those receiving government benefits as Black and Latina) to crackdowns on immigrants that have particularly targeted household workers to a home-loan debacle that crashed the global economy while blaming (surprise!) Black and Latina single mothers, not banks or lenders. Meanwhile, the pain of the neoliberal austerity policies that these events authorized was centered on households, by turning an ever-widening series of former government functions into the “private” labor of households.
 

This lecture is supported by the “Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship in Liberal Arts”

Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies, Center for Asian American Studies, and the Department of American Studies

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