Previous Issues

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

Editorial

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

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Articles

Twisted Seams: A Gendered Social Haunting

Jean Spence

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‘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

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Puerto Rican Needleworkers and Colonial Migrations: Deindustrialization as Pathways Lost

Aimee Loiselle

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Workers’ Identities in Transition: Deindustrialisation and Scottish Steelworkers

James Patrick Ferns

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Gender and Working-Class Identity in Deindustrializing Sudbury, Ontario

Adam D.K. King

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Personal Essay

Three Spirits:  Breakdowns Present, Past and Yet to Come

Janet Batsleer

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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

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

Review by Jack Metzgar

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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

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

Review by John Lennon and Magnus Nilsson

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

Review by Courtney Pina Miller

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Volume 4, Issue 1, June 2019

This issue of The Journal of Working-Class Studies includes a series of reviewed articles, a creative piece, 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

Editorial

Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre

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Articles

Puns, Politics, and Pork Chops: The ‘insignificant magnitude’ of T-Bone Slim

Owen Clayton

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Class, Taste, and Literature: The Case of Ivar Lo-Johansson and Swedish Working-Class Literature

Magnus Nilsson

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‘The porcupine was a feast’: The Tastes of Luxury and Necessity in Ruby Langford Ginibi’s Storytelling

Steven Farry

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More than a ‘Curious Cultural Sideshow’: Samuel Slater’s Sunday School and the Role of Literacy Sponsorship in Disciplining Labor

Michael Pennell

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Caring for the Internet: Content Moderators and the Maintenance of Empire

Lindsay Bartkowski

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College Rankings: Creating an Equitable Model of Transformation and Institutional Effectiveness

Allison L. Hurst

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The Precarious plight of American Working-Class Faculty: Causes and Consequences

George W. Towers

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Counting the Working Class for Working-Class Studies: Comparing Three Occupation-Based Definitions

Colby King

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Creative Work

Panacalty

Justine Sless

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Student Work

Young Voices on Social Class in America: A Student Essay Pod

Essays by Ariely Mejia, Jensen Kraus, Emily Clark, Jenna Timmerman, Emma Bryan, and Maya Khavary

Edited by Sara Appel

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Book Reviews

Smarsh, Sarah (2018) Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, Scribner, New York, NY.

Review by Christie Launius

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Wilkerson, Jessica (2019) To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.

Review by Lane Windham

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Balay, Anne (2018) Semi Queer: Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.

Review by Sara Smith-Silverman

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Strangleman, Tim (2019) Voices of Guinness: An Oral History of the Park Royal Brewery, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

Review by Steven High

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Loomis, Erik (2018) A History of America in Ten Strikes, The New Press, New York, NY.

Review by Gary Jones

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Martin, Christopher R. (2019) No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class, Cornell UP, Ithaca, NY.

Review by Timothy Francisco

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Gaffney, Karen (2018).  Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox, Routledge, New York, NY.

Review by Michele Fazio

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Italian-American History Exhibit Concerns Intersections of Class and Ethnicity

Review by Marc Di Paolo

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O’Neill, Deirdre (2018) Film as a Radical Pedagogical Tool, Routledge, New York, NY.

Review by Sarah Attfield

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Volume 3, Issue 2, December 2018

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

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

Table of Contents

Editorial

Introduction to the Indigenous Special Issue of the Journal of Working-Class Studies

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

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Articles & Interview

Falling Down, Falling Apart, and Finding Home in Reservation Blues

Terry Easton and Castiel Dixon

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Mangled Coding: Class in the Poems of Santee Frazier

James Mackay

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‘Those People that are Invisible’: An Interview with Santee Frazier

Santee Frazier interviewed by James Mackay

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The Making of the Heiltsuk Working Class: Methodism, Time Discipline, and Capitalist Subjectivities

Michael E. Harkin

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The Work Arts and Crafts Do

Brian Hosmer

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Personal Essays

From Scratch: Tribal Colleges as Acts of Revolution & the Establishment of Pawnee Nation College as an Act of Community Empowerment

Todd Fuller

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Falling Through Class

Ruby Hansen Murray

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Creative Works

By the Slice

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.

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Three Poems: ‘Driven to Sleep’, ‘No Idle Hand’, ‘In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety-Two A Bookmark Took the Place of a Story Some Years Later I Made a Childhood Promise’

Kim Shuck

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Book Reviews

Roediger, David (2017) Class, Race, and Marxism, Verso, London, UK, and New York, NY.

Review by Gary Jones

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Gorman, Thomas J. (2017) Growing up Working Class: Hidden Injuries and the Development of Angry White Men and Women, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland

Review by Alfred Lubrano

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Eubanks, Virginia (2017) Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY.

Review by Gretchen Purser

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Catte, Elizabeth (2018) What You’re Getting Wrong about Appalachia, Belt Publishing,Cleveland, OH.

Stoll, Steven (2017) Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia, Hill and Wang, New York, NY.

Reviews by Paul E. Reed

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Lennon, John and Magnus Nilsson, eds. (2017) Working-Class Literature(s): Historical and International Perspectives, Stockholm University Press, Stockholm

Review by Lorena Gauthereau

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Calarco, Jessica (2018) Negotiating Opportunities: How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

Review by Jenny Stuber

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DiPaolo, Marc, ed. (2018) Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, MS.

Review by Pamela Fox

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Dotter, Earl, (2018) Life’s Work: A Fifty Year Photographic Chronicle of Working in the U.S.A., AIHA Press (American Industrial Hygiene Association), Falls Church, VA.

Review by Janet Zandy

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Volume 3, Issue 1, June 2018

The Journal of Working-Class Studies includes a series of articles (peer reviewed, unless indicated as ‘commentary’), and relevant 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 and Liz Giuffre

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Articles

‘Ping Ping Ping / I break things’: Productive Disruption in the Working-Class Poetry of Jan Beatty, Sandra Cisneros, and Wanda Coleman

Carrie Conners

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Brutal Youth: Colin MacInnes and the Architecture of the Welfare State

Simon Lee

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I Was a Retail Salesperson: An Examination of Two Memoirs About Working in Retail

Brittany R. Clark

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Reframing Solidarity: Company Magazine as Family Album

Courtney Maloney

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Breaking Through the Concrete Ceiling: Tradeswomen in the United States Tell Their Stories of Struggle and Success

Heidi E. Wagner

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Occupying the Picket Line: Labor and Occupy in South Central Indiana

Joseph Varga

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The Moral Economy of Department Stores’ Working-Class and their Class Identity

Alejandro Marambio-Tapia

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Working-Class Culture as Political Participation: Reading Trump as Revolt Against a Middle-Class Public Sphere

Liberty Kohn

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Interview

‘A Little Crow in the Tree’: Growing Inequality and White Working-Class Politics in the U.S.

Lawrence M. Eppard, Arlie Hochschild, Richard Wilkinson

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Book Reviews

Linkon, Sherry (2018) The Half-Life of Deindustrialization: Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, Mi.

Review by Christine J. Walley

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Coles, Nicholas and Paul Lauter, eds. (2017) A History of American Working-Class Literature, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK

Review by John Lennon and Magnus Nilsson

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Barrett, James R. (2017) History from the Bottom Up & the Inside Out: Ethnicity, Race, and Identity in Working-Class History, Duke University Press, Durham, NC

Review by Lou Martin

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Ocejo, Richard E. (2017) Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

Viscelli, Steve (2016) The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream, University of California Press, Berkeley, Ca.

Review by Colby King and Jacob Bibeault

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Fasanella, Marc (2017) Images of Optimism, (with essay by Leslie Umberger and chronology by Paul S. D’Ambrosio), Pomegranate, Portland, Or.

Review by Janet Zandy

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Faue, Elizabeth (2017) Rethinking the American Labor Movement, Routledge, New York, NY.

Review by Joseph Varga

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Volume 2, Issue 2, December 2017

The Journal of Working-Class Studies includes a series of articles (peer reviewed, unless indicated as ‘commentary’), and relevant book reviews.

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

Table of Contents

Editorial

Reshawna L. Chapple, Kishonna L. Gray, LaDonna Long, Mia Ortiz

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Articles

#TenureTrackHustle: Examining Academic Poverty of First-Generation Women of Color From an Intersectional Standpoint 

Kishonna L. Gray and Reshawna L. Chapple

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Insider Without: Journey across the Working-Class Academic Arc

Kim A. Case

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In Class, Sharing Class: Faculty Members from Low-Socioeconomic Status Backgrounds and Status Visibility

Elizabeth Lee and Tonya Maynard

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Navigating Academia in the ‘Welfare Class’

Emma Penney and Laura Lovejoy

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Conceptualizing Critical Friendship as a Protective Measure in Academia

Natalie Currie-Patterson and Kaitlyn Watson

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Class and Narrative Accrual: Personal Troubles and Public Issues in Five Vignettes

Matthew Spokes

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A Stranger in Charleston: Intersectional Anxiety as a Latina in Academia

Nancy Aguirre

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Blockades, Barricades, and Barriers: Accessing and Navigating Academia from a Multi-Marginalized Positionality

A.M. Foiles Sifuentes

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Publish AND Perish: On Publishing, Precarity and Poverty in Academia

Emma Vossen

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The Poverty of Academia: My Life as a Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Sarah Prior

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Ending Adjunct Apartheid

Diane Reynolds

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Fishing for a Career: Alternative Livelihoods and the Hardheaded Art of Academic Failure

Deb Cleland

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Interview

Organizing Working-Class Academics: A Collective History, an Interview with Allison L. Hurst, Tery Griffin and Alfred Vitale

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Book Reviews

Williams, Joan (2017) White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America, Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, Ma.

Review by Allison L. Hurst

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Early, Steve (2017) Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City, Beacon Press, Boston.

Review by Tula Connell

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Goldstein, Amy (2017) Janesville: An American Story, Simon & Schuster, New York, Ny.

Review by Jeffrey S. Rothstein

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Cramer, Katherine J. (2016) The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Il.

Review by Donald P. Taylor

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Volume 2, Issue 1, June 2017

The Journal of Working-Class Studies includes a series of articles (peer reviewed, unless indicated as ‘commentary’), and relevant 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 and Liz Giuffre

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Articles

The Emotional Politics of Making America Great Again: Trump’s Working Class Appeals

Douglas Schrock, Benjamin Dowd-Arrow, Kristen Erichsen, Haley Gentile, and Pierce Dignam

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Labor, Discipline, and Resistance: Transnational Migrant Workers ‘on the line’

Miranda Cady Hallett

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From Betrayal to Resistance: Working-Class Voices in Russia Today

Jeremy Morris

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The Cross-Country/Cross-Class Drives of Don Draper/Dick Whitman: Examining Mad Men’s Hobo Narrative

Jennifer Hagen Forsberg

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The Fix We Are In

Richard Hudelson

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Working in the Unconscious Masses: Inside a Mega-Retail Store in the United States

Wyatt Nelson

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Interview

‘Labor Rights Are Human Rights’: An Interview with Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Tula Connell

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Commentary

History and the Working-Class Now: The Collective Impulse, Tumult and Democracy

Terry Irving

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Book Reviews

Spencer, Robyn C. (2016) The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Duke University Press, Durham and London.

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta (2016) From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Haymarket Books, Chicago, Il.

Reviews by Scott Henkel

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Hochschild, Arlie Russel (2016) Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, The New Press, New York, Ny

Review by Jennifer M. Silva

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Peralta, Dan-el Padilla (2015) Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, Penguin Books, New York, Ny.

Vance, J.D. (2016) Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, HarperCollins, New York, Ny.

Reviews by Stefanie Stiles

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Gest, Justin (2016) The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Review by Tim Francisco

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Volume 1, Issue 1, December 2016

The Journal of Working-Class Studies includes a series of articles (peer reviewed, unless indicated as ‘commentary’), and relevant book reviews.

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

Table of Contents

Editorial

Welcome to The Journal Of Working-Class Studies

Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre

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Articles

Twenty Years of Working-Class Studies: Tensions, Values, and Core Questions

Sherry Lee Linkon and John Russo

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Rethinking Class and Contemporary Working-Class Studies

Michael Zweig

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Nostalgia for the 30-Year ‘Century of the Common Man’

Jack Metzgar

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Paradise Lost? Patterns and Precarity in Working-Class Academic Narratives

Deborah Warnock

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Rejecting Respectability: On Being Unapologetically Working Class

Sarah Attfield

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Book Reviews

Note from the Book Review Editor

Christie Launius

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Sheard, Tim, Someone Has to Die, 2015, Hardball Press, Brooklyn, Ny.

Review by Cherie Rankin

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Tokarczyk, Michelle M,  Bronx Migrations, Cherry Castle Publishing, Columbia, Md.

Review by Jim Daniels

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Lakey, George, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right – and How We Can, Too, Melville House Publishing, Brooklyn, Ny.

Review by Betsy Leondar-Wright

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