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Labor Studies Workshare: "Labor Unions and White Racial Politics," w/Jake Grumbach, UW Political Science
Labor Studies Workshare: "Labor Unions and White Racial Politics," w/Jake Grumbach, UW Political Science
WhenFriday, Oct 18, 2019, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Campus locationSmith Hall (SMI)
Campus roomRoom 306
Event typesLectures/Seminars
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Abstract: Scholars and political observers point to declining labor unions on the one hand, and rising white identity politics, on the other, as profound changes in American politics. However, there has been little attention to the potential feedback between these forces. In this article, we investigate the role of union membership in shaping white racial attitudes. We draw upon research in history and American political development to generate a theory of interracial labor politics, in which union membership reduces racial resentment. Cross-sectional analyses consistently show that white union members have lower racial resentment and greater support for policies that benefit African Americans. More importantly, our panel analysis suggests that gaining union membership between 2012 and 2016 reduced racial resentment among white workers. The findings highlight the important role of labor unions in mass politics, and, more broadly, the importance of organizational membership for political attitudes and behavior. Co-authored by Paul Frymer (Princeton University)

About: The Labor Studies Workshare features UW faculty and graduate students presenting works-in-progress on labor-related topics for feedback from an interdisciplinary audience of labor scholars from across campus. Workshares are held over the lunch hour and attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

Workshare Format: Workshare papers are circulated to registered attendees a week in advance of the workshare. Participants are expected to have read the paper before the meeting and be prepared for a discussion. Registration required. To register, e-mail hbcls@uw.edu

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