Teaching Working Class

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Overview

Explores the possibilities and problems that arise in teaching working-class students.
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Linkon (Youngstown State University) introduces this collection of 18 essays by discussing the nuances of defining in the United States, and describing her interest in understanding both working-class students (whom she teaches) and working-class studies. The contributed essays (by college instructors in many disciplines) address topics connected with both aspects of this interest, such as: working-class students and the academic essay; how working class moms construct student identities; reading and writing history at a steelworkers' union hall; issues in teaching labor literature; films of and for a working-class world; teaching working-class literature to mixed audiences; and teaching intercultural communication. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558491885
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/1999
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Teaching Working Class 1
Writing the Personal: Narrative, Social Class, and Feminist Pedagogy 15
Border Crossings: Working-Class Encounters in Higher Education 28
Reversals of Fortune: Downward Mobility and the Writing of Nontraditional Students 39
The (Dis)location of Culture: On the Way to Literacy 56
Between Dirty Dishes and Polished Discourse: How Working-Class Moms Construct Student Identities 69
The Shape of the form: Working-Class Students and the Academic Essay 85
What Kinds of Tools? Teaching Critical Analysis and Writing to Working-Class Students 106
"Just American"? Reversing Ethnic and Class Assimilation in the Academy 123
To Know, to Remember, to Realize: Illinois Labor Works - A History Workers Can Use 145
Striking Close to Home: Students Confront the 1985 Hormel Strike 160
Critical Literacy and the Organizing Model of Unionism: Reading and Writing History at a Steelworkers' Union Hall 168
Telling Toil: Issues in Teaching Labor Literature 179
Films of and for a Working-Class World 191
Teaching Working-Class Literature to Mixed Audiences 203
Class, Race, and Culture: Teaching Intercultural Communication 223
Immigrant Fiction, Working-and Middle-Class White Students, and Multicultural Empathy: A Pedagogical Balancing Act 237
Teaching the Convergence of Race and Class in Introductory Asian American Studies 255
Difficult Dialogues: Working-Class Studies in a Multicultural Literature Classroom 267
Notes 287
Contributors 311
Index 315
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