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Teaching Working Class - Sherry Lee Linkon

Teaching Working Class

By: Sherry Lee Linkon (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th May 1999
ISBN: 9781558491885
Number Of Pages: 344
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Since the 1970s, working-class individuals have made up an increasing proportion of students enrolled in institutions of higher education. At the same time, working-class studies has emerged as a new academic discipline, updating a long tradition of scholarship on labor history and proletarian literature to include discussions of working-class culture, intersections of class with race and ethnicity, and studies of the representation of the working class in popular culture. These developments have generated new ideas about teaching that incorporate both a sensitivity to the working-class roots of many students and the inclusion of course content informed by an awareness of class culture. This volume brings together nineteen essays that offer innovative approaches to a class-conscious pedagogy. Although the contributors represent several fields-including English, history, labor studies, literature, speech communication, and American studies-they are united by the conviction that class matters in all kinds of courses. Their essays provide models for interdisciplinary teaching as well as guidance, encouragement, and insight for those wishing to incorporate class into their courses.

An interesting, useful, and diverse collection of articles in a new field. It offers teachers much to learn and think about.--Ira Shor, author of When Students Have Power: Negotiating Authority in a Critical Pedagogy The audience for this book will be broad. Issues of class are going to receive in the coming years the kind of attention given recently to gender and race. Class is coming into its own, and this book will certainly be required reading.--Gary Tate, coeditor of Coming to Class: Pedagogy and the Social Class of Teachers

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Teaching Working Classp. 1
Working-Class Students
Writing the Personal: Narrative, Social Class, and Feminist Pedagogyp. 15
Border Crossings: Working-Class Encounters in Higher Educationp. 28
Reversals of Fortune: Downward Mobility and the Writing of Nontraditional Studentsp. 39
The (Dis) Location of Culture: On the Way to Literacyp. 56
Between Dirty Dishes and Polished Discourse: How Working-Class Moms Construct Student Identitiesp. 69
The Shape of the Form: Working-Class Students and the Academic Essayp. 85
What Kinds of Tools?: Teaching Critical Analysis and Writing to Working-Class Studentsp. 106
"Just American"?: Reversing Ethnic and Class Assimilation in the Academyp. 123
Working-Class Studies
To Know, to Remember, to Realize: Illinois Labor Works--A History Workers Can Usep. 145
Striking Close to Home: Students Confront the 1985 Hormel Strikep. 160
Critical Literacy and the Organizing Model of Unionism: Reading and Writing History at a Steelworkers' Union Hallp. 168
Telling Toil: Issues in Teaching Labor Literaturep. 179
Films of and for A Working-Class Worldp. 191
Teaching Working-Class Literature to Mixed Audiencesp. 203
Class, Race, and Culture: Teaching Intercultural Communicationp. 223
Immigrant Fiction, Working- and Middle-Class White Students, and Multicultural Empathy: A Pedagogical Balancing Actp. 237
Teaching the Convergence of Race and Class in Introductory Asian American Studiesp. 255
Difficult Dialogues: Working-Class Studies in a Multicultural Literature Classroomp. 267
Notesp. 287
Contributorsp. 311
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9781558491885
ISBN-10: 1558491880
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 13th May 1999
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52