Category Archives: Class at the Intersections

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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Discourses of Power: Black Lives Matter and Adaptive Resilience

  Over the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement has drawn renewed attention to racial inequality in the U.S. While a number of the incidents that have sparked the movement occurred in deindustrialized cities – Baltimore, Cleveland, and outside … Continue reading

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Steinbeck and the Refugee Crisis

“No home no job no peace no rest” — Bruce Springsteen, “The Ghost of Tom Joad” As a British immigrant to the US, one key difference I notice between me and most Americans is that I did not read The … Continue reading

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Class Meets Climate in Barbara Kingsolver’s Fiction

“In American life,” wrote Meridel LeSueur in the 1930s, “you hear things happening in a far and muffled way.” She was referring to the labor conflicts of the time, but she also suggests that awareness of class division and conflict … Continue reading

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Climate of Change: Students, Naomi Klein, and the People’s Climate March

I was one of the hundreds of thousands filling the streets of New York for the People’s Climate March, September 21, 2014. I was there with a dozen students from my freshman composition course, in which we are reading and … Continue reading

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We’re Here! We’re Queer! We’re Not Going Shopping!

In 2002, when I was soliciting submissions for the anthology Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men about More-or-Less Gay Life, I received this message on a Working-Class Studies listserv: “Excuse me for saying so, but isn’t … Continue reading

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