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Global Restructuring, Social Distancing, and a Community-Based Worker’s Center Response


  • Minsun Ji

    () (University of Denver, CO, USA)


This paper addresses the impacts of global “social distancing†on employers and workers and examines community-based worker center strategies to mitigate those impacts. Through a case study of El Centro Humanitario, Denver’s human rights center for immigrant day laborers, the paper addresses how community organizations can respond to social distancing by “organizing the unorganized,†and crafting strategies such as worker-owned cooperatives to promote workers’ rights while reconnecting workers to their work and to each other.JEL classification: L31, L33, P32

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  • Minsun Ji, 2011. "Global Restructuring, Social Distancing, and a Community-Based Worker’s Center Response," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 43(3), pages 334-339, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:43:y:2011:i:3:p:334-339

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    social distancing; day laborers; worker cooperatives;

    JEL classification:

    • L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs; Social Entrepreneurship
    • L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out
    • P32 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Collectives; Communes; Agricultural Institutions


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