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Class Reunion : The Remaking of the American White Working Class - Lois Weis

Class Reunion

The Remaking of the American White Working Class

By: Lois Weis

Hardcover Published: 7th October 2004
ISBN: 9780415949071
Number Of Pages: 232

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Noted scholar Lois Weis first visited the town of "Freeway" in her 1990 book, Working Class Without Work. In that book we met the students and teachers of Freeway's high school to understand how these working-class folks made sense of their lives. Now, fifteen years later, Weis has gone back to Freeway for Class Reunion. This time her focus is on the now grown-up students who are, for the most part, still working class and now struggling to survive the challenges of the global economy.
Class Reunion is a rare and valuable longitudinal ethnographic study that provides powerful, provocative insight into how the lives of these men and women have changed over the last two decades--and what their prospects might be for the future.

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"Lois Weis captures the complexities and contradictions of life in white working-class families at the turn of the 21st century. In a richly theorized but highly readable text, she illuminates how raced, classed, and gendered identities are shaped by changes in the U.S. political economy. An important book!." -Jean Anyon, author of "Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban School Reform ""Class Reunion vividly illustrates how class is lived and identity is shaped within a context of globalization and neoliberalism. Lois Weis offers significant insights into the importance of class at a time when so much work is diminishing its relevance to contemporary understandings of the present social and political conjuncture." -Valerie Walkerdine, author of "Growing Up Girl: Psychosocial Explorations of Gender and Class

Series Editor's Introductionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: In the Shadow of the Millsp. 1
A Time of Pain: Young Men at Freeway Highp. 23
A Time of Possibility: Young Women at Freeway Highp. 51
We Meet the Men Againp. 73
And the Beat Goes On: Those Men Who Stayp. 87
Revisiting a "Moment of Critique": Freeway Girls All Grown Upp. 113
Picking Up the Pieces and Moving Forwardp. 143
Beyond the Shadow of the Mills: Men, Women, Whiteness, and the New Economyp. 167
Theoretical Codap. 179
Epilogue: Methods and Reflectionsp. 185
Notesp. 193
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780415949071
ISBN-10: 0415949076
Series: Critical Social Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 7th October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.8  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1