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HRI Lunchtime Seminar, Michael L. Rosino, Doctoral Candidate, Deptartment of Sociology, University of Connecticut

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd 162

Human Rights Institute Lunchtime Seminar with Michael L. Rosino,Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut

"Consequences of Consciousness: How White Racial Habits Shape Grassroots Political Strategies"

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Room 162 Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs Campus **Lunch will be provided

In the current political climate, grassroots democracy is often idealized as laden with agency and possibilities for strategic action for racially progressive politics. Yet democratic participation is not only shaped by overt barriers, such as resistance from elite political actors, but also the repertoires of discourse and action held by grassroots political actors. To illuminate the contours and operations of these barriers, this study draws on over a year of in-depth participant observation and 43 semi-structured interviews with participants of a progressive grassroots political organization in the Northeastern United States. While the organization’s stated goals include racial equity and the inclusion of people of color, it’s membership remains disproportionately white. I argue that even at the grassroots level, geospatial relations, social networks, and social cognitions generate racialized patterns of exclusion and homogeneity among white-dominated progressive political organizations. The findings specifically emphasize how the interplay between racial consciousness, racial habits, and political strategies deters racial justice praxis and helps reproduce the marginalization of people of color from these crucial spaces of political engagement.

Michael L. Rosino is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Connecticut. His areas of focus include racism and racial inequality, political sociology, collective action, mass media, and human rights. His current research examines how the participants in a progressive grassroots party in the Northeast engage with issues of racial inequality and injustice in their identities, habits, and political strategies.

Contact:

Lyndsay.Nalbandian@uconn.edu

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