Current Issue

Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2019

This special issue of The Journal of Working-Class Studies includes a series of reviewed articles, a personal essay, and book reviews.

Each can be accessed separately as a PDF file or the full issue can be downloaded here

Table of Contents


Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre with Geoff Bright, Valerie Walkerdine, Joe Varga and Mark James



Twisted Seams: A Gendered Social Haunting

Jean Spence


‘Washing lines, whinberries and reworking ‘waste ground’: Women’s affective practices and a haunting within the haunting of the UK coalfields’

Geoff Bright and Gabrielle Ivinson


Puerto Rican Needleworkers and Colonial Migrations: Deindustrialization as Pathways Lost

Aimee Loiselle


Workers’ Identities in Transition: Deindustrialisation and Scottish Steelworkers

James Patrick Ferns


Gender and Working-Class Identity in Deindustrializing Sudbury, Ontario

Adam D.K. King


Personal Essay

Three Spirits:  Breakdowns Present, Past and Yet to Come

Janet Batsleer


Book Reviews

Trotter, Jr. Joe William (2019) Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America, University of California Press, Oakland, CA.

Review by Scott Henkel


Greenhouse, Steven (2019) Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, Alfred A. Knopf, NY.

Review by Jack Metzgar


Friedman, Sam, and Laurison, Daniel (2018) The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays to Be Privileged, Policy Press, Bristol, UK.

 Markovits, Daniel (2019) The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feed Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite, Penguin Press, New York, NY.

Reviews by Tim Strangleman


Eribon, Didier (2013) Returning to Reims, Semiotext(e), Los Angeles, CA.

Review by John Lennon and Magnus Nilsson


Clark, Ben and Hubble, Nick, eds. (2018) Working-Class Writing: Theory and Practice, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, NY.

Review by Courtney Pina Miller