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Volume 5, Issue 3, December 2020

This themed issue of The Journal of Working-Class Studies includes a reviewed article, a personal essay,  poems and book reviews.

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

Table of Contents

Editorial

Sarah Attfield, Liz Giuffre and Jen Vernon

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Article

‘You know all them things’: Nostalgia, Idealization, and Speech in Working-Class Poems by Seamus Heaney, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lucille Clifton

William Fogarty

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Personal Essay

Unfolding Layers of Labour: a Cross-Generational Account of Kinaesthetic Skills

Angela Costi

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Poems

Two Poems: ‘The Goddesses of Democracy Go Out Drinking and Dancing’, ‘Josephine Habeck Kurth’

Lita Kurth

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Three Poems: ‘Albuquerque Summer’s Day’, ‘#3’, ‘#5’

Jason Yurcic

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Two Poems: ‘upward class (im)mobility’, ‘first gen hurt’

Sarah Traphagen

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Three Poems: ‘Bright Day’, ‘Underworld’, ‘Rehabilitation’

Ian C Smith

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Two Poems: ‘They called her a methhead’, Mining for Copper’

Jodie Childers

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Three Poems: ‘Charleena Chavon Lyles’, ‘Spotted Owl’, ‘Economics’

Jen Vernon

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Poem: ‘Reflections from the Parking Lot’

L. Eva Wagner

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Book Reviews

Smarsh, S. (2020) She Come By it Natural:  Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs. Simon and Schuster.

Review by Pamela Fox

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Smith, B.E. with photographs by Dotter, E. (2020, 1987). Digging Our Own Graves: Coal Miners & the Struggle over Black Lung Disease (updated edition). Haymarket Books.

Review by Janet Zandy

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Manno, A. (2020) Toxic Masculinity, Casino Capitalism, and America’s Favorite Card Game: The Poker Mindset. Palgrave Macmillan.

Review by James V. Catano

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Streib, J. (2020). Privilege Lost: Who Leaves the Upper Middle Class and How they Fall. Oxford University Press.

Review by Sherry Linkon

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Brim, M. (2020). Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University. Duke University Press.

Review by Renny Christopher

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Kirshner, J.A. (2019). Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises. St. Martin’s Press.

Review by John P. Beck

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Winslow, C. (2020). Radical Seattle: The General Strike of 1919. New York University Press.

Review by Michelle Chen

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