Teaching Working Class

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Sherry Lee Linkon
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1999 - Education - 320 pages

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.

 

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This text is incredible. I have read most of it for a class that I am taking at Youngstown State University. Highly informative, and a great read. Thank you Sherry Linkon for all that you accomplished here, and what you are achieving now at Georgetown. I never had the pleasure of meeting you, and that is a real loss. This book is a must read for everyone. It is time that we have open discussions about class, race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity without people saying, "Oh, you are making me feel uncomfortable". I highly recommend this book to everyone. 

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Contents

Narrative Social Class and Feminist Pedagogy
15
WorkingClass Encounters in Higher Education
28
Downward Mobility and the Writing of Nontraditional Students
39
On the Way to Literacy
56
How WorkingClass Moms Construct Student Indentities
69
WorkingClass Students and the Academic Essay
85
WHAT KINDS OF TOOLS? Teaching Critical Analysis and Writing to WorkingClass Students
106
Reversing Ethnic and Class Assimilation in the Academy
123
Issues in Teaching Labor Literature
FILMS OF AND FOR A WORKINGCLASS WORLD
TEACHING WORKINGCLASS LITERATURE TO MIXED AUDIENCES
Teaching Intercultural Communication
23
IMMIGRANT FICTION WORKING AND MIDDLECLASS WHITE STUDENTS AND MULTICULTURAL EMPATHY
37
TEACHING THE CONVERGENCE OF RACE AND CLASS IN INTRODUCTORY ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
55
WorkingClass Studies in a Multicultural Literature Classroom
67
Notes
87

Illinois Labor Works A History Workers Can Use
Students Confront the 1985 Hormel Strike
Reading and Writing History at a Steelworkers Union Hall
Contributors
11
Index
15
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Sherry Lee Linkon is professor of English and coordinator of the American studies program at Youngstown State University, where she is also codirector of the Center for Working-Class Students.

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