Political Economy

At the Weave we believe that politics and economics have always gone hand in hand. Political economy is about structures of power and how these structures shape the conditions within which all of us live our lives. This section of the Weave is devoted to analysis and discussion of current issues that reveal the dynamics of power, from the local to the global and everywhere in between.

How many cities, how many daughters and mothers?

NPR has provided some poignant coverage the last few months on the reverberating impacts of the one-child policy in China, it's recent repeal, and the crossroads of identity.

Jenna Cook was born in China and abandoned on a street in the huge city of Wuhan in 1992 when she was just a baby.

Integration at a Crossroad

917 I am thankful for whatever lessons I can learn from the past to help me confront the problems of the present. We’re at a new low point in race relations, and now (as many times before) there are grumblings of racial separation. What, if anything, can Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s writing tell us that might restore our faith in integration as a viable goal for the U.S.?

Adjuncts Deserve Better


United University Professions (UUP), a union which represents faculty and nonteaching professionals in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, recently published an ad criticizing the poverty-level wages paid to SUNY’s adjunct professors. According to the UUP ad, approximately a third of the professors in SUNY are "adjuncts," which means they are part time faculty and paid by the course. 

Deportation in the News

914 Check out this New York Times editorial on the U.S. deportation crisis. The piece correctly notes that U.S. officials misunderstand the “humanitarian disaster” that is pushing Central Americans north. 

Latinos on ICE

907 Sanctioned by the Obama administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun deporting Central American refugees, marking the latest dark turn in U.S. immigration politics.

In Response to the Misappropriation of Transracial Identity, part II

Where is Rachel Dolezal now? Apparently she’s still holding to her black identity and pregnant. That aside, Dolezal’s case slid further back in my mind following the series of shootings this summer, within my own community and the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.

History of Transnational Adoption: Ancient times – 1970s

This is the first of two posts to provide historical context on transnational adoption as a cultural practice, starting from ancient times through the 1970s. The Adoption History Project, a funded research initiative by Ellen Herman from the Department of History at the University of Oregon, provided a bulk of knowledge on the history and subsequentially led to other searches and resources.

Whose identity is adopted?

Adoption has reconstituted the meaning of family, race, ethnicity, culture, and identity in the United States. Overseas, or international, adoption is the process of transferring a child of a foreign nationality into the kinship and nationality of the newly assumed adoptive family. However, this blog uses the distinction of ‘trans’national and in many cases, ‘trans’racial, because our present global condition demands it.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Antipoverty Proposal

799 A greater percentage of Americans suffer poverty today than when Dr. King was assassinated. The poverty rate in 1968 was approximately 12.8%; today it’s 15%. As poverty plagues more and more people, U.S. leaders propose provisional and fragmented solutions to the problem. Where are the big ideas that tackle the problem as a whole?

Sustainability--The Big Picture

672 One Region Forward

An eclectic mix of educators, legal professionals, and community activists convened today at the Olmstead Center for Sight in downtown Buffalo to attend the first of four sessions in One Region Forward’s Citizen Planning School, an educational program designed “to empower citizens to plan for change in their community.”