Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class

Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class

by Kenneth Oldfield, Richard Greggory Johnson
     
 

Academia can be overwhelmingly foreign and hostile to those who have poor or working-class backgrounds. For people who are from the working class and also queer, the obstacles to earning a graduate degree may prove insurmountable. Frequently discouraged from attending college in the first place, these students often struggle to pay for their education while they… See more details below

Overview

Academia can be overwhelmingly foreign and hostile to those who have poor or working-class backgrounds. For people who are from the working class and also queer, the obstacles to earning a graduate degree may prove insurmountable. Frequently discouraged from attending college in the first place, these students often struggle to pay for their education while they simultaneously battle prejudice and discrimination because of their sexual orientation and blue collar backgrounds. Resilience offers inspiring personal stories of those who made it: thirteen professors and administrators provide their moving accounts of struggle, marginalization, and triumph in the accomplishments that their parents, guidance counselors, and sometimes even they themselves would have thought out of reach. These scholars write in a manner that will enable readers to reconsider their own assumptions and to empathize with the oppression that accompanies being defined as "other."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791476376
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/06/2008
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Kenneth Oldfield Oldfield, Kenneth Richard Greggory Johnson III Johnson, Richard Greggory, III 1

2 Class, Sexuality, and Academia Andrea R. Lehrermeier Lehrermeier, Andrea R. 7

3 Middle-Class Drag Renny Christopher Christopher, Renny 25

4 From the Altar Boy's Robes to the Professor's Cap and Gown: The Journey of a Gay, Working-Class Academic Timothy J. Quaint Quaint, Timothy J. 47

5 One in Ten: Teaching Tolerance for (Class) Difference, Ambiguity, and Queerness in the Culture Classroom Denis M. Provencher Provencher, Denis M. 63

6 Flying the Coop: Liberation through Learning Nancy Ciucevich Story Story, Nancy Ciucevich 83

7 No More Rented Rooms Bonnie R. Strickland Strickland, Bonnie R. 101

8 Escape from the Bronx: The Making of an Unlikely Leader Richard Greggory Johnson III Johnson, Richard Greggory, III 115

9 My First Closet Was the Class Closet Felice Yeskel Yeskel, Felice 131

10 One Bad Lecture Away from Guarding a Bank: Identity as a Process Michallene McDaniel McDaniel, Michallene 149

11 Becoming (Almost) One of Those "Damn, New York, Pinko Intellectuals" Donald C. Barrett Barrett, Donald C. 171

12 Weaving the Self with Gender: Uniting Race, Sexual Orientation, and Social Class Terell P. Lasane Lasane, Terell P. 195

13 Possibilities Angelia R. Wilson Wilson, Angelia R. 211

14 Hate Is Not a Family Value Susan E. Borrego Borrego, Susan E. 223

Index 251

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