“All politics is reproductive.” That’s the major claim of Laura Briggs, our guest today. She joins Carousel in the studio for a far-reaching discussion of reproductive justice and contemporary American politics. They talk Reaganomics and the destruction of the social safety net, the stereotype of the “welfare queen,” identity politics, the disappearing 40-hour workweek, reproductive labor (the work it takes to raise the next generation) and unpaid care work, debt as social control, and the political theater of terror at the border.
Laura Briggs is professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2002), Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transnational and Transracial Adoption (Duke University Press, 2012), and How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics: From Welfare Reform to Foreclosure to Trump (University of California Press, 2017).
The Havens Wright Center for Social Justice at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is hosting Laura Briggs for two public talks this week:
“Where Did Trump Come From? Reproduction, Whiteness, & Neoliberalism”
Tuesday, April 9, 4:00 PM at 6191 Helen C. White
“The Spectacle of Child Separation at the Border”
Wednesday, April 10, 4:00 PM at 6191 Helen C. White
More information available here.