race class and gender

May 292008

No one existed for them who could not be governed by their intentions, Patricia Wiliams, The Alchemy of Race & Rights M.I.T. has recently discovered third world poverty. A number of institutional projects have emerged which endeavor to put M.I.T.’s considerable resources to use in service of poverty alleviation and development. In 2007 and 2008 I had the opportunity to spend nine months doing ethnographic observation of these projects.  As a sociologist of political economy, […read the rest]

Jun 282007

from After Seattle: A Memoir, work-in-progress On a recent lecture trip to Europe, I was repeatedly called upon to explain “what is going on” in the States. By this, people meant several things. Some of them meant how is it possible that Bush was re-elected. Others wondered what had happened to the anti-war movement. Some wondered what the alterglobalization movement was up to. The answers to these questions were similar, because they are interwoven. Each […read the rest]

Apr 132006

By Christine Petit LOUDmouth 12 Spring 2006. According to activist scholar Amory Starr, she was politicized pretty late in life. She was 20. As an urban-studies graduate student, Starr was turned on to activism through anti-racist, anti-colonialist neighborhood organizing. While continuing her activism, Starr went on to earn a Ph.D. in sociology. She currently teaches at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and at Colorado State University. Her books include Naming the Enemy: Anti-corporate Movements Confront […read the rest]

May 052005

Last weekend’s otherwise visionary annual Denver Pan African Arts Society Film Festival included a pre-release screening of Crash, honoring actor and producer Don Cheadle for his recent film, Hotel Rwanda. Crash is an important film to understand. Cheadle argued that he likes the film because it shows people to be imperfect and human. In a lightweight version of Tarantino’s charming intervention, Crash makes us hate the heroes and love the villains — at least for […read the rest]

Jun 252001

People of color & work in the US compiled by Professor Amory Starr Historical Resources Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White Stephen Steinberg, The Ethnic Myth I’m going to give you a little tour of ‘people of color’ and work in the US. After the civil war, the freed slaves wanted land. You may have […read the rest]

Jun 252000

thinking out white Adam Bishop, Amory Starr June 2000 Abstract: This paper attempts a grounded contribution to race theory, drawing on classroom experiences and theoretical analysis. It is guided by two goals: the practical implications of race theory for dismantling racism and their usefulness for teaching white American college students about race. It articulates a new theory, and postulates some pedagogic moves. Wondering how our whiteness is letting us down,  we explored the new American […read the rest]

Apr 142000
Confronting Globalization

Confronting Globalization for Communities Confronting Capitalist Globalization University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 14-16 April, 2000 14 April, 7 pm, Corwin Pavilion. Hello. I’m very happy and very honored to be here with you tonight. And, of course, I am tremendously honored to be speaking with such distinguished activists. So, thank you.   (we are winning)   On Monday as I was frantically trying to finish writing this talk in my office before leaving to […read the rest]

Jun 251999

why are people of color poor? behavioral vs. structural explanations compiled by Professor Amory Starr what we are trying to explain: more white people are poor than people of color, but a higher (“disproportionate”) percentage of people of color are poor than of whites sources: Holly Sklar, Chaos or Community 1995 Stephanie Coontz, The Way we Never Were 1992, Maxine Baca Zinn 1989 culture of poverty claims research responds people are poor because of their […read the rest]

Sep 251998

There are scholarly terms, like ‘race’, ‘class’, ‘gender’, ‘oppression’, ‘racism’ and those ones are the ones that scholars and citizens debate about. Then there are political terms which have been articulated by people in the process of making political struggle. It wouldn’t be fair for us to redefine those terms. Those include the words ‘Chicano’, ‘Latino’, ‘Asian American’, ‘feminist’. So I’m going to introduce a few terms of the second type. ‘Chicano’ was a term that […read the rest]