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Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class
     

Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class

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by Michelle Tea (Editor), Diane Prima (Contribution by), Dorothy Allison (Contribution by)
 

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While many recent books have thoughtfully examined the plight of the working poor in America, none of the authors of these books is able to claim a working-class background, and there are associated methodological and ethical concerns raised when most of the explicatory writing on how poverty affects women and girls is done by educated, upper-class journalists. It

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While many recent books have thoughtfully examined the plight of the working poor in America, none of the authors of these books is able to claim a working-class background, and there are associated methodological and ethical concerns raised when most of the explicatory writing on how poverty affects women and girls is done by educated, upper-class journalists. It was these concerns that prompted indie icon Michelle Tea--whose memoir The Chelsea Whistle details her own working-class roots in gritty Chelsea, Massachusetts--to collect these fierce, honest, tender essays written by women who can’t go home to the suburbs when their assignment is over. These wide-ranging essays cover everything from stealing and selling blood to make ends meet, to "jumping" class, how if time equals money then being poor means waiting, surviving and returning to the ghetto and how feminine identity is shaped by poverty. Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Diane Di Prima, Terri Griffith, Daisy Hernández, Frances Varian, Tara Hardy, Shawna Kenney, Siobhan Brooks, Terri Ryan, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580051033
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/09/2004
Series:
Live Girls
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
703,853
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Michelle Tea is the author of The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, the Lambda award–winning Valencia, and The Chelsea Whistle, and coeditor of Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache. She lives in San Francisco.

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Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SquirrelyChick More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book that has captured the plight of working class/poor women like this book has. The stories may be heartbreaking and infuriating, but every single woman who contributed to this book has an inner core of steel. They didn't have a choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with heart-felt stories that will anger and sadden you but in the end you feel empowered by these womyn of all ethnic backgrounds who have one thing in common...strength. Each story reminds you to appreciate what you have. These are powerful, real essays from powerful, real womyn. My favorite out of this collection is, There are holes in my mandarin dog biscuit by Shell Feijo.