Working Class Women In The Academy / Edition 1

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"My mother still wants me to get a 'real' job. My father, who is retired after forty-four years in the merchant marine, has never read my work. When I visited recently, the only book in his house was the telephone book." "I do not know that my mother's mother ever acknowledged my college education except to ask me once, 'How can you live so far away from your people?'. Thus write two of the twenty women from working-class backgrounds whose voices are heard in this unique collection of essays. Each of the women has lived through the process of academic socialization - as both student and teacher - and each has thought long and deeply about her experience from an explicitly feminist perspective. Among the questions the contributors explore, What are the issues - pedagogical, theoretical, and personal - that affect the professional and private lives of these women? How do they resolve tensions between their roles as middle-class professionals and their roots in working-class families? How do class and gender intersect in the academy?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this stimulating and often heartfelt collection of essays, 20 female academics from working-class backgrounds address the personal, pedagogical and ideological issues raised by their experiences as teachers and students. Though some essays adopt abstract academic language, most are personal narratives, and the issue of the appropriate ``voice'' in academia pervades the book. Pam Annas, after proposing a reading list for a course in working-class literature, explains how she has had her students replace traditional papers with a ``critical reading journal'' in which they analyze works and connect them to other course materials and to their lives. Several writers struggle with isolation and the ``double consciousness'' inherent in their position; bell hooks urges understanding and appreciation but not ``empty romanticization'' of working-class backgrounds. The conventional image of a female scholar, writes Suzanne Sowinska, is ``one of refinement''; her essay, like several others, suggests how ``economic survival strategies'' have shaped an identity defined by struggle. Tokarczyk and Fay teach English at Goucher College and the University of Massachusetts, respectively. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870238352
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Class Discussion: A Dialogue between Kate Ellis and 25
"What's a Nice Working-Class Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?" 49
Who Am I Now? The Politics of Class Identity 60
Writing and Teaching with Class 73
A Question of Belonging 87
Pockets of Experience
Keeping Close to Home: Class and Education 99
A Mennonite "Hard Worker" Moves from the Working Class and the Religious/Ethnic Community to Academia: A Conflict between Two Definitions of Work 112
Grandma Went to Smith, All Right, but She Went from Nine to Five: A Memoir 126
A Farmer's Daughter in Academia 140
Yer Own Motha Wouldna Reckanized Ya: Surviving an Apprenticeship in the "Knowledge Factory" 148
Going to Class
Pass the Cake: The Politics of Gender, Class, and Text in the Academic Workplace 165
"Someone to Watch Over Me": Politics and Paradoxes in Academic Mentoring 179
Working-Class Women as Students and Teachers 197
Teaching the Working Woman 208
Ways in and Ways Out
Recasting the "Politics of Truth": Thoughts on Class, Gender, and the Role of Intellectuals 219
Vestments and Vested Interests: Academia, the Working Class, and Affirmative Action 239
Language: Closings and Openings 251
Dissent in the Field; or, a New Type of Intellectual? 276
Telling Tales in School: A Redneck Daughter in the Academy 292
Epilogue: By the Rivers of Babylon 311
Bibliography 323
Contributors' Notes 329
Index 333
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