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Tag Archives: working-class voters
Not My President: The Rise of the Working Class and Decline of the Heroic CEO
In late November, Bob Iger returned to the post of chief executive officer of Disney. He had retired in 2020 after 15 years as the media megacorporation’s CEO, where he was hailed for the company’s acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and … Continue reading
How Big Is the Working Class – and Why Does It Matter?
Americans without bachelor’s degrees outnumber college grads 2 to 1. But if you and most people you know and have ever known are college graduates, you might not realize that most Americans are not like you and your cohort. As … Continue reading
The Multiracial Working Class
One of the questions that you hear regularly in the Working-Class Studies Association is, “Why is the organization so White?” There are many possible answers to this question, of course. Some of it must surely be laid at our collective … Continue reading
Labour and the Working Class in the UK
After decades of consistently supporting the Labour Party, voters in Hartlepool recently elected their first Tory MP, in a byelection caused by the previous MP standing down as a result of a scandal. Hartlepool sits on the North-east coast of … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Issues, Tim Strangleman, Working-Class Politics Tagged Brexit, Labour Party, UK elections, working-class voters 5 Comments
Cultural and Political Diversity in the White Working-Class
Influential political analyst Ron Brownstein thinks American politics is all about answering this question: “How long can Paducah tell Seattle what to do?” The question resonates because metro areas vote so differently from small town and rural areas and because … Continue reading
After the Election: Finding Our Dignity and a Way Out of This Mess
It’s almost 50 years old, but the 1972 book The Hidden Injuries of Class by Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb accurately identified the problems of class in the U.S. that have fed the divisiveness of Donald Trump. If only we … Continue reading
A Law and Order Platform to Unite Working-Class Voters
Donald Trump has positioned himself as the “law and order” president, because the term provides a positive framing for the racially-tinged rhetoric he uses to divide members of the white working and middle classes from people of color. The Guardian’s … Continue reading
Can the Working Class Trust the Democrats?
Two years ago, we compared the opioid epidemic to the mortgage crisis that nearly cratered the global economy, noting how both were caused by corporate greed. Recent reporting in the Washington Post and other media outlets reveals an important difference … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Guest Bloggers, Issues, Working-Class Politics Tagged 2016 election, 2020 election, NAFTA, working-class voters Leave a comment
Class Prejudice and the Democrats’ Blue Wave?
Two days after the mid-term elections, The Washington Post published an analysis under the headline “These wealthy neighborhoods delivered Democrats the House majority.” That headline is false in several different ways, but it is being repeated among a large group … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Issues, Jack Metzgar, Working-Class Politics Tagged 2018 midterms, suburban Democrats, working-class voters 2 Comments
Working-Class Politics and The Foremen Problem
In a recent unpublished paper, Larry Bartels (author of Unequal Democracy) and Kathrine Cramer (author of The Politics of Resentment), reported a finding sure to surprise many who have been blaming “the white working class” for the election of Trump: … Continue reading
Posted in Allison L. Hurst, Contributors, Issues, Working-Class Politics Tagged 2016 election, class differences, working-class voters 5 Comments