Class Matters Workshops

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Order Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists by Betsy Leondar-Wright (New Society Publishers, 2005).

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Classist Comments

What's the most classist thing you ever heard someone say?

(I'm not talking about someone like Bill O'Reilly or your right-wing uncle. More specifically, what's the most classist thing you ever heard a liberal or progressive person say?)

Read five interviewees' answers — and my own.

Class and Other Identities

How do you experience class differently because of your race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, or other identity? What class dynamics do you notice within your identity groups?

Here's how a few visitors answered those questions:

And answers from the Class Matters book:

Becoming Vesus Belonging

Psychology, Speech, and Social Class

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  • Adlam, D.S., Turner, G.J., and Lineker, L. (1977) Code in Context, London: Routledge.
  • Bernstein, B.A. (1971) Class, Codes and Control, Volume 1, London: Routledge.
  • Bernstein, B.A. (1962) "Linguistic Codes, Hesitation Phenomena and Intelligence," Language and Speech 5:31 - 46.
  • Bernstein, B.A. (1990) The Structuring of Pedagogic Discourse — Class, Codes and Control, Volume 4, London: Routledge.
  • Cashell, Donna (1995) Presentation at the 1995 Youngstown Working Class Studies Conference, Unpublished.
  • Fussell, Paul (1983) Class, New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Halliday, M.A.K. (1995) "Language and the Theory of Codes" in Alan R. Sadovnik (Ed.), Knowledge & Pedagogy, Norwood NJ: Ablex Publishing.
  • Jackson, B. & Hardiman, R. (1980) Oppression/Liberation Development Theory, New Perspectives, Inc.
  • Jensen, Barbara (1995) "The Silent Psychology: A Presentation for the Youngstown Working Class Studies Conference", unpublished paper (available on request).
  • Labov, William (1969) "The Logic of Nonstandard English", in Frederick Williams (Ed.), Language and Poverty: Perspectives on a Theme, Chicago: Markham Publishing.
  • Labov, William (1970) The Study of Nonstandard English, Washington DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.
  • Lerner, Michael (1986) Surplus Powerlessness, New Jersey and London: Humanities Press.
  • Meltzer, J.D. (1978) "A Semiotic Approach to Suitability for Psychotherapy," Psychiatry 41:360 - 375.
  • Noddings, Nel (1989) Women and Evil, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
  • Rubin, L.B. (1976) Worlds of Pain: Life in the Working Class Family, New York: Basic Books Inc.
  • Schlitz, D. & Overstreet, P. (1995) "When You Say Nothing At All", recorded by Alison Krauss, Now That I've Found You, Rounder Records
  • Sennett, R. & Cobb, J. (1973) The Hidden Injuries of Class, New York: Vintage Books.
  • Shands, H. & Meltzer, J. (1973) Language and Psychiatry, The Hague: Mouton & Co.
  • Zandy, Janet (1990) Calling Home: Working-Class Women's Writings: An Anthology, New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press.

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