Current Issue

Volume 5, Issue 1, June 2020

This issue of The Journal of Working-Class Studies includes a series of reviewed articles, a review essay, a student essay pod, 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 Matthew Sparkes



On Government, Agency, and the Violence of Inaction

Lawrence M. Eppard with Noam Chomsky


Raise the Wage LA: Campaigning for Living Wages in Los Angeles and an Emergent Working-Class Repertoire

Paul Doughty


Post-Industrial Industrial Gemeinschaft: Northern Brexit and the Future Possible

Andrew Dawson, Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins


Differential Opportunity for Men from Low-Income Backgrounds across Pennsylvania

Lawrence M. Eppard, Troy S. Okum, Lucas Everidge


Mentoring for Faculty from Working-Class Backgrounds

George W. Towers, Joan R. Poulsen, Darrin L. Carr, Aimee N. Zoeller


Class, Crime, and Cannibalism in The String of Pearls; or, The Demon Barber as Bourgeois Bogeyman

Leah Richards


Nationalizing Realism in Dermot Bolger’s The Journey Home

Erika Meyers


Are We All ‘BBC Dad’ Now? What Covid-19 Restrictions Reveal About Comedy, Class, Paid Work, Parenting and Gender

Liz Giuffre


Review Essays

Anti-Union Clichés float On the Waterfront: Rhetorical Analysis of the Film;

Citizen Kane and How Green was My Valley: Have We Sold Ourselves Short?

Gloria McMillan


Student Work

Confronting COVID-19 in ‘Social Class in America’: Research and Reflections by Working-Class Student-Scholars

Essays by Jezza Hutto, Ashleen Smith, Georgia Langer, Josie Graydon

Edited by Sara Appel


Book Reviews

 de Waal, Kit, ed. (2019) Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, Unbound, London, UK.

Connolly, Nathan, ed. (2017) Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class, Dead Ink, St Ives, UK.

Reviews by Owen Clayton


Silva, Jennifer (2019) We’re Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Review by Jennifer Sherman


Kristof, Nicholas, and WuDunn, Sheryl (2020) Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, Knopf, NY.

Review by Allison L. Hurst


Case, Anne, and Deaton, Angus (2020) Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, Princeton University Press, NJ.

Review by Jack Metzgar


Cole, Peter (2018) Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area, University of Illinois Press, Champaign, IL.

Review by Gary Jones


Haltinner, K. and Hormel, L. (eds.) (2018) Teaching Economic Inequality and Capitalism in Contemporary America, Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

Carter, G.M. and Thelin, W.H. (eds.) (2017) Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class, Utah State University Press, Logan, Utah.

Reviews by Lisa A. Kirby


Hurst, Allison L. (2020) Amplified Advantage: Going to a ‘Good’ College in an Era of Inequality, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD.

Review by Amy E. Stich