Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Grass Roots Activism: Academic and Community Responses to Global Exploitation

Prof Richard Baker.

The author will review the research conducted by academics and used by community activists to expose the negative impact of globalism on workers in the United States and throughout the world. Emphasis will be placed on showing how academics have worked with everyday citizen activists to counter the harmful effects of global capitalism. The role of education, networking, and a myriad of other strategies are reviewed in order to appreciate the possibility of optimistic outcomes. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary Mexico and its Malquiladoras that are owned by American multinational corporations. The focus is on how academics, NGOs, grass roots community leaders and workers have united to respond to the oppressive economic domination in agriculture, assembly plants, and agribusiness. What has been learned by the strategies and negotiations used thus far. An attempt will be made to answer the questions as to what is the future of Mexico relationship with global capitalism.


Prof Richard Baker  (United States)
Professor of Sociology
Dept. of Sociology
Boise State University

30 years prof. of socioloy with an emphasis in ethnic studies.

  • Exploitative Global Capitalism
  • Community Activists
  • Workers
  • Optimistic Outcomes

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)