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Theoretical foundations for a politics of labor mobilities

Authors: Hector Agredano*, Pasadena City College
Topics: Transportation Geography, Social Theory, Political Geography
Keywords: mobilities, labor, circulation, politics, transportation
Session Type: Paper
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This paper engages work in the mobilities literature that has sought to develop a politics of mobility as laid out by Sheller (2018). It combines the insights of the politics of movement with the foundations labor geographies to establish a set of principles that could inform a type of labor mobilities. Using the dialectic of mobility and immobility, unequal geometries of power and the production of space as theoretical points of departure, it analyzes the role of railroad workers during the Mexican Revolution to interrogate the intervention of labor in the circuit of capital circulation. This work will compare different notions of politics in the mobilities literature with conscious interventions by workers the develop a notion of labor mobilities. It concludes with a set of potential principles to integrate labor as an active agent in the production of mobility and immobility.

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