This Fine Place So Far from Home: Voices of Academics from the Working Class (Google eBook)
Temple University Press, Jun 10, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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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Review: This Fine Place So Far from Home: Voices of Academics from the Working ClassUser 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
Review: This Fine Place So Far from Home: Voices of Academics from the Working ClassUser 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