Class Matters Workshops

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Class Matters book cover

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:


A few great books on class

If you only have time to read two books on cross-class alliance building:

  • Fred Rose, Coalitions across the Class Divide, Cornell University, 2000.
  • Linda Stout, Bridging the Class Divide and other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing, Beacon, 1996.

Books on cross-class dynamics

  • David Croteau, Politics and the Class Divide: Working People and the Middle-class Left, Temple University Press, 1995.
  • Claire Cummings, Class Lessons: Women Creating Cross Class Coalitions in a Welfare Rights Movement, dissertation for Clark University, 2001. Available from ProQuest, Information and Learning, 800-521-0600.
  • Theresa Funiciello, Tyranny of Kindness: Dismantling the Welfare System to End Poverty in America, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993.

Books on the personal experience of class

  • Dorothy Allison, Skin: Talking about Sex, Class & Literature, Firebrand Books, 1994.
  • Joanie Bronfman, The Experience of Inherited Wealth: A Social-Psychological Perspective, Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Dissertation Services, 1993.
  • Diane Dujon and Ann Withorn, eds., For Crying Out Loud: Women's Poverty in the United States, South End Press, 1996.
  • bell hooks, Where We Stand: Class Matters, Routledge, 2000.
  • Joanna Kadi, Thinking Class: Sketches from a Cultural Worker, South End Press, 1996. Visit Joanna Kadi online at
  • Alfred Lubrano, Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, 2004.
  • Susan Raffo, Queerly Classed: Gay Men and Lesbians Write about Class, South End Press, 1997.
  • Lillian B. Rubin, Families on the Faultline: America's Working Class Speaks About the Family, The Economy, Race, and Ethnicity, HarperCollins, 1994.

Books on the US class system

  • Teresa L. Amott and Julie A. Matthaei, Race, Gender, and Work: A Multicultural Economic History of Women in the United States, South End Press, 1991.
  • Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons, Right-Wing Populism in America, Guildford, 2000.
  • Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel, Economic Apartheid in America, New Press, 2000.
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class, Harper, 1990.
  • Paul Kivel, Ruling Class Democracy: Who Benefits, Who Pays, and Who Really Decides?, 2004.
  • Michael Zweig, The Working Class Majority, Cornell University, 2000.

Books on social change strategy

  • Diane Balser, Sisterhood and Solidarity: Feminism and Labor in Modern Times, South End Press, 1987.
  • Bill Moyer, with Joanne McAllister and Steven Soifer, Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, New Society Publishers, 2001.
  • Adolph Reed, Jr., Class Notes: Posing as Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene, New Press, 2001.
  • Barbara Smith, The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom, Rutgers, 1998.