Working-Class Women in the Academy: Laborers in the Knowledge Factory / Edition 1

Working-Class Women in the Academy: Laborers in the Knowledge Factory / Edition 1

by Michelle M. Tokarczyk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870238353

ISBN-13: 9780870238352

Pub. Date: 06/10/1993

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

"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?'…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870238352
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
06/10/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction3
Class Discussion: A Dialogue between Kate Ellis and25
Belonging
"What's a Nice Working-Class Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?"49
Who Am I Now? The Politics of Class Identity60
Writing and Teaching with Class73
A Question of Belonging87
Pockets of Experience
Keeping Close to Home: Class and Education99
A Mennonite "Hard Worker" Moves from the Working Class and the Religious/Ethnic Community to Academia: A Conflict between Two Definitions of Work112
Grandma Went to Smith, All Right, but She Went from Nine to Five: A Memoir126
A Farmer's Daughter in Academia140
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 Workplace165
"Someone to Watch Over Me": Politics and Paradoxes in Academic Mentoring179
Working-Class Women as Students and Teachers197
Teaching the Working Woman208
Ways in and Ways Out
Recasting the "Politics of Truth": Thoughts on Class, Gender, and the Role of Intellectuals219
Vestments and Vested Interests: Academia, the Working Class, and Affirmative Action239
Language: Closings and Openings251
Dissent in the Field; or, a New Type of Intellectual?276
Telling Tales in School: A Redneck Daughter in the Academy292
Epilogue: By the Rivers of Babylon311
Bibliography323
Contributors' Notes329
Index333

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