This Fine Place So Far from Home: Voices of Academics from the Working Class (Google eBook)

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C.L. Dews
Temple University Press, Jun 10, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
4 Reviews

These autobiographical and analytical essays by a diverse group of professors and graduate students from working-class families reveal an academic world in which "blue-collar work is invisible." Describing conflict and frustration, the contributors expose a divisive middle-class bias in the university setting. Many talk openly about how little they understood about the hierarchy and processes of higher education, while others explore how their experiences now affect their relationships with their own students. They all have in common the anguish of choosing to hide their working-class background, to keep the language of home out of the classroom and the ideas of school away from home. These startlingly personal stories highlight the fissure between a working-class upbringing and the more privileged values of the institution.

  

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User Review  - Bonnie Irwin - Goodreads

Some of these selections are positively heart-wrenching. Others analyze academic "work" in it's socio-economic and scholarly contexts. All of the essays humble me and make me reflect on my own ... Read full review

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User Review  - Penny - Goodreads

Jim Burke put me on this book and then Donald Murray and I talked a lot about it... I just sent it to a friend, so I'm adding it to my list of must reads. What a book. What great voices. Read full review

Contents

Introduction Carolyn Leste Law
1
I Lives Are Not Essays
11
II Border States
125
III The Intellectual WorkerThe Academic Workplace
231
IV Awayward Mobility
307
Afterword C L Barney Dews
332
About the Contributors
337
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About the author (2010)

C. L. Barney Dews is visiting Assistant Professor of American Literature in the English and Foreign Languages Department, University of West Florida.

Carolyn Leste Law
 is a Doctoral Candidate in English at the University of Minnesota.  They have also co-edited Out in the South (Temple).

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