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Public Lecture: “Racialized Paths to Proletarianization: Myths about Black Economic Competition, Cheap Labor, and White Vulnerability”

February 3, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Willoughby-Herard, Waste of a White Skin--Cover image

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard (African American Studies, UC Irvine)

The presentation discusses a key historiographical intervention about so-called “cheap labor” in WASTE OF A WHITE SKIN: THE CARNEGIE CORPORATION AND THE RACIAL LOGIC OF WHITE VULNERABILITY. What did calls for the protection of “civilized labor” and a “white wage” mean to the history of race and class in apartheid South Africa? How did depiction of African workers as “cheap” and “inefficient” laborers “encroaching on white jobs” characterize African women and men as having a purely ornamental function in the history of South African industrialization? What does this legacy suggest about contemporary post-apartheid struggle in South Africa?

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of WASTE OF A WHITE SKIN: THE CARNEGIE CORPORATION AND THE RACIAL LOGIC OF WHITE VULNERABILITY (University of California Press, 2015) and editor of the NATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW.

Sponsored by the IHC’s African Studies RFG, the Center for Black Studies Research, and the History Department


Willoughby-Herard1-Flyer, 3 Feb. 2016


February 3, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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