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 decenteredthe 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 representationwho 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.
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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
Books of the Dead
Audre Lorde, XRays, Acceptable Risks
Muriel Rukeyser, Hawk's Nest, Silicosis
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?
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