Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work / Edition 1

Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work / Edition 1

by Janet Zandy
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Rutgers University Press
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Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work / Edition 1

 What are two hands worth?

In linking forms of cultural expression to labor, occupational injuries, and deaths, Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work centers what is usually decentered—the complex culture of working-class people. Janet Zandy begins by examining the literal loss of lives to unsafe jobs and occupational hazards. She asks critical and timely questions about worker representation—who speaks for employees when the mills, mines, factories, and even white-collar cubicles shut down? She presents the voices of working-class writers and artists, and discusses their contribution to knowledge and culture.

This innovative study reveals the flesh and bone beneath the abstractions of labor, class, and culture. It is an essential contribution to the emerging field of working-class studies, offering a hybrid model for bridging communities and non-academic workers to scholars and institutions of knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813534350
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Epistemology of the Hand
How Much Are Two Hands Worth?
Loss: Circumstances and Choices

    Trubeck Labs
    Books of the Dead

      Audre Lorde, XRays, Acceptable Risks
      Muriel Rukeyser, Hawk's Nest, Silicosis

    God Job
    Workers Memorial Day: April 28

Articulations: Culture Is Not Negation

    Worker Writers: Where Do You Keep Your Writing?
    In the Skin of a Worker; or, What Makes a Text Working Class?
    Worker Ghosts

      Ghosted Work
      Embodied Workers

Recoveries: Useable Pasts

    Fire Poetry on the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire of March 25, 1911
    Stillness, Motion, Bodies, and Possibilities for WorkingClass Studies
    Ralph Fasanella: Epic Painter of the Working Class

Technologies: On Laboring Bodies

    Preface: The Prison Tour
    Zone 1: Technological Speed
    Zone 2: Industrial Tours
    Zone 3: The Amputation
    Zone 4: Blind Spots


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