Working-Class Perspectives was created in 2008 by the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University. The blog is currently housed in the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. KI develops creative ideas and practical solutions for working people that are grounded in a commitment to justice, democracy, and the common good.
The CWCS was the first interdisciplinary academic center in the country devoted to understanding and making visible working-class culture. For 17 years, its faculty, staff, and community affiliates taught courses, conducted research, and worked with community organizations on a wide variety of topics, including working-class voting patterns, representations of class in the media and the arts, class in education, and the complex relationships among class, race, and other social categories.
The CWCS closed at the end of 2012, but the blog continues. The CWCS Legacy Fund also provides continuing support for research, teaching, and community-based projects on working-class culture in the Mahoning Valley.