Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work

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Rutgers University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
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 What are two hands worth?
In linking forms of cultural expression to labor, occupational injuries, and deaths, Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work centers what is usually decentered--the complex culture of working-class people. Janet Zandy begins by examining the literal loss of lives to unsafe jobs and occupational hazards. She asks critical and timely questions about worker representation--who speaks for employees when the mills, mines, factories, and even white-collar cubicles shut down? She presents the voices of working-class writers and artists, and discusses their contribution to knowledge and culture.
This innovative study reveals the flesh and bone beneath the abstractions of labor, class, and culture. It is an essential contribution to the emerging field of working-class studies, offering a hybrid model for bridging communities and non-academic workers to scholars and institutions of knowledge.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
How Much Are Two Hands Worth?
7
Trubeck Labs
13
Books of the Dead
22
God Job
36
April 28
50
Culture Is Not Negation
61
In the Skin of a Worker or What Makes a Text Working Class?
84
Useable Pasts
123
Stillness Motion Bodies and Possibilities for WorkingClass Studies
144
Epic Painter of the Working Class
157
On Laboring Bodies
171
Industrial Tours
179
The Amputation
185
Notes
193
Index
215

Worker Ghosts
94

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