This Fine Place So Far From Home: Voices Of Academics From The Working Class

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These autobiographical and analytical essays by a diverse group of professors and graduate students from working-class families reveal an academic world in which "blue-collar work is invisible." Describing conflict and frustration, the contributors expose a divisive middle-class bias in the university setting. Many talk openly about how little they understood about the hierarchy and processes of higher education, while others explore how their experiences now affect their relationships with their own students. ...

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Overview

These autobiographical and analytical essays by a diverse group of professors and graduate students from working-class families reveal an academic world in which "blue-collar work is invisible." Describing conflict and frustration, the contributors expose a divisive middle-class bias in the university setting. Many talk openly about how little they understood about the hierarchy and processes of higher education, while others explore how their experiences now affect their relationships with their own students. They all have in common the anguish of choosing to hide their working-class background, to keep the language of home out of the classroom and the ideas of school away from home. These startlingly personal stories highlight the fissure between a working-class upbringing and the more privileged values of the institution.

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"A collection of essays by faculty members and several graduate students, this book provides [a] glimpse of the class system in the United States and how it plays out in colleges and universities....[This] is a moving book, beautifully written."——Contemporary Sociology 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566392907
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/1995
  • Pages: 384

Meet the Author

C. L. Barney Dews is visiting Assistant Professor of American Literature in the English and Foreign Languages Department, University of West Florida.

Carolyn Leste Law
 is a Doctoral Candidate in English at the University of Minnesota.  They have also co-edited Out in the South (Temple).

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments 
Introduction - Carolyn Leste Law

Part I: Lives Are Not Essays 
1. Stupid Rich Bastards - Laurel Johnson Black 
2. A Real Class Act: Searching for Identity in the "Classless" Society - Julie A. Charlip 
3. Bronx Syndrome - Stephen Garger 
4. The Screenwriter's Tale - Jennifer Lawler 
5. You Were Raised Better Than That - Naton Leslie 
6. In the Shadow of My Old Kentucky Home - George T. Martin, Jr. 
7. Todos Vuelven: From Potrero Hill to UCLA - Rosa María Pegueros 
8. Another Day's Journey: An African American in Higher Education - Gloria D. Warren

Part II: Border States 
9. Useful Knowledge - Mary Cappello 
10. A Carpenter's Daughter - Renny Christopher 
11. Paper Mills - Heather J. Hicks 
12. The Social Construction of a Working-Class Academic - Dwight Lang 
13. Working-Class Women as Academics: Seeing in Two Directions, Awkwardly - Nancy LaPaglia 
14. Ambivalent Maybe - Wilson J. Moses 
15. Class Matters: Symbolic Boundaries and Cultural Exclusion - Sharon O'Dair 
16. Nowhere at Home: Toward a Phenomenology of Working-Class Consciousness - Christine Overall 
17. Past Voices, Present Speakers - Donna Burns Phillips

Part III: The Intellectual Worker/The Academic Workplace 
18. Workin' at the U. - Milan Kovacovic 
19. Class, Composition, and Reform in Departments of English: A Personal Account - Raymond A. Mazurek 
20. Complicity in Class Codes: The Exclusionary Function of Education - Irvin Peckham 
21. Is There a Working-Class History? - William A. Pelz 
22. Psychology's Class Blindness: Investment in the Status Quo - Deborah Piper 
23. Working It Out: Values, Perspectives, and Autobiography - John Sumser

Part IV: Awayward Mobility 
24. The Work of Professing (A Letter to Home) - Michael Schwalbe

Afterword - C.L. Barney Dews 

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