The profound crisis of capitalist society today, along with the related breakdowns of interpersonal relations and the social safety net, have undermined the collective networks people have long counted on for their economic, social, and psychological support. As a result, many have been thrown back on their own resources, and have had no choice but to fashion individualist solutions to problems that previously were always dealt with by governments and social groups. On the other hand, some political thinkers and political organizations are making a virtue of necessity, and are proposing that a turn to self-help can actually be a positive way forward. The viability and desirability of self-help – and what are the alternatives – will be the subject of Professor Kelley’s presentation.
Robin D.G. Kelley Chair, Department of African American Studies, and Gary B. Nash Chair in U.S. History, UCLA
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies; the Department of History; the Dean of Humanities, the Dean of Social Sciences, the Asia-Pacific Center; and the Department of African American Studies