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Narratives of Solidarity and Inequality: Social Class and Ethical Value in Argentina

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

In this Language & Social Justice series presentation, CUNY professor Sarah Muir will examine middle-class narratives of ethical awakening in the aftermath of Argentina’s 2001-2002 financial crisis. As a genre of conversion narrative, these narratives helped orient middle-class volunteers toward the ethical value of inter-class solidarity. Nonetheless, they also echoed the very patterns of racialized and classed inequality the narrators sought to overcome. Tracing this paradoxical dynamic, Sarah will show how discourses of solidarity can unintentionally create new forms of distinction, hierarchy, and exclusion.

Sarah Muir is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies at City College, CUNY. Situated at the intersection of linguistic, political-economic, and historical anthropology, her research examines the practical logics of economic investment, ethical evaluation, and political critique, with a particular focus on financial crisis. She is currently completing a book, Exhaustion: Critique in an Era of Routinized Crisis (University of Chicago Press), which examines everyday middle-class Argentine politics in the wake of a century of financial crises.

Sponsored by the MA TESOL Program

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Schools of Public Engagement, School of Languages

Admission SPE Programs

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


TESOL, Social Justice



Free, but tickets required



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