Traditionally, workers live on the fringes of society. But workers also experience marginality in the field of discourse and knowledge production, their “voices” considered insignificant, illegitimate, dangerous, and/or subversive. Like other marginalized groups, workers’ experiences of subalternity and otherness are largely ignored in the linear/positivist/developmentalist conceptualization of history.
Originally from Latin America, testimonios or testimonial narratives constitute a discursive strategy through which workers narrativize their experiences of injustice and articulate spaces of resistance. Such narratives, which also circumvent Western, canonical conventions of literary aesthetics, serve as a collective, praxis-oriented mode of consciousness to reveal the workings of oppression and how they are—or can be—resisted.