CFP Environmental Degradation and the Working Class

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Call for Papers
January 13, 2020
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Labor History / Studies


Environmental Degradation and the Working Class


This panel seeks to examine the connections between environmental degradation and the poor and working-class people. Working people are often the ones who perform the jobs that result in ecological destruction. Performing this work is often a means a survival that yields short-term benefits, but often includes significant long-term consequences. Papers may cover any time period and can address the topic creatively. Questions may include, be need not be limited to: How does the process of environmental degradation change the people who enact it? How do working-class people respond to living in marginalized eco-zones? What can we learn from historical responses of working-class people to environmental degradation? This panel will be submitted for the Southern Labor Studies Association Conference: Expanding the Horizons of Southern Labor Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, September 11-13, 2020. Please send abstracts of 250 words or less and a short bio by January 13, 2020 to

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