Seyoung, Oh. 2018. “Visualizing Toxicity within the UC Workforce: A Fight against Race, Gender, and Income Inequalities” In California at Risk, a class project for “Ethnographic Methods,” Anthropology 215a University of California Irvine, Fall 2018. http://disaster-sts-network.org/content/visualizing-toxicity-within-uc-workforce-fight-against-race-gender-and-income-inequalities
California at Risk is a collaborative project to understand “late industrial” California through examination of ways interlaced scales (local to transnational and atmospheric) and systems (sociocultural, technical, eco-atmospheric, etc) together produce risks, vulnerabilities and governance challenges. The project launched Fall 2018 in association with a graduate seminar, “Ethnographic Methods,” taught in the University of California Irvine’s Department of Anthropology. Students were assigned to build PECE essays that present a preliminary project design and set of research materials ready for comment and possible use by other researchers. Each essay is focused on a particular problem, presenting research questions and material through which we can work to understand the problem in intersectional, late industrial terms. Working collectively, the project advances UCI Anthro’s commitment to our local context.
The project investigates how UC schools are currently producing race, gender, and income inequality within the workforce. This project involves participant observation and interview as its qualitative research methods, and analyzes the core hazards through relevant literature, news, videos, technical reports, statistics, and other sources of visual documents such as diagram, graph, and photography. The research outcomes will contribute to the public understanding of the significance of this problem and hopes to suggest resolutions to alleviate these toxicities prevalent in UCs so that the campuses might transform into more desirable working environments for social mobility.
Which historical events, sociocultural practices, or political discourse in contemporary California aggravate the issues of UC’s toxic communities and their injuries?
What intersecting systems and scales over the last few decades have been exacerbating and perpetuating a wide range of abuse among vulnerable workers of color rather offering them ladders to the middle class within the UC workforce?