Category Archives: Class and the Media

Master of None Lacks Class

I’m a big fan of Aziz Ansari. He was great on Parks & Rec. His stand-up is smart and entertaining. And he co-wrote a book (“Modern Romance”) with sociologist Eric Klinenberg, which takes a sociological, and engaging, perspective towards understanding … Continue reading

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Class at the Intersectional “Crash” Site: Scenes from Orange is the New Black

Since it never expresses itself in quite the same way in any two individuals’ lives, class needs to be thought about from an intersectional perspective, as its own vector of situated experience. Lawyer and critical race studies scholar Kimberlé Williams … Continue reading

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Losing the Narrative of Their Lives

A study released a few weeks ago, conducted by Anne Case and Angus Deaton, documented a significant increase in the death rate among the white working class in the US, much of it due to suicide and substance abuse. In … Continue reading

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Russell Brand: The Usefulness (or Not) of a Working-Class Celebrity Activist

I recently attended Russell Brand’s stand-up show, ‘Trew World Order’ in Sydney, Australia. Brand provided his usual bawdy comedy alongside anti-capitalist and new-age spiritual messages. At the end of the show, he gave a plug for a number of local … Continue reading

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Class, Cuteness, and Disgust in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

  It’s hard not to notice the way rural working-class female fatness in the “Redneck Reality TV” series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo comes across as a condition to be ridiculed. It is constantly associated with poor health, dirtiness, and … Continue reading

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Class War: Working-Class Activists Reclaiming the Streets of London

Recently, the British working-class anarchist group, Class War, organised its third ‘Fuck Parade’, a roving protest against gentrification through the east London area of Shoreditch. This is a traditionally working-class area, but in recent years has become gentrified with many … Continue reading

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David Bowie: Creating a Middle-Class Dream for a Working-Class Fan

I recently visited the David Bowie exhibition in Melbourne, Australia, and attended a two-day Bowie symposium. They provided plenty of time for nostalgia and opportunities to listen and sing along to Bowie songs but also to discuss Bowie’s cultural significance … Continue reading

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