Working-Class Perspectives was created in 2008 by the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University.  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  w

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  • epresentations 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, and much of the Center’s work is being carried on by the Working-Class Studies Association.  The CWCS Legacy Fund also provides continuing support for research, teaching, and community-based projects on working-class culture in the Mahoning Valley.