Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class

Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class

by Kenneth Oldfield
ISBN-10:
0791476383
ISBN-13:
2900791476382
Pub. Date:
11/06/2008
Publisher:
State University of New York Press

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Overview

Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class

Academia can be overwhelmingly foreign and hostile to those who have poor or working-class backgrounds. For people who are from the working class and also queer, the obstacles to earning a graduate degree may prove insurmountable. Frequently discouraged from attending college in the first place, these students often struggle to pay for their education while they simultaneously battle prejudice and discrimination because of their sexual orientation and blue collar backgrounds. Resilience offers inspiring personal stories of those who made it: thirteen professors and administrators provide their moving accounts of struggle, marginalization, and triumph in the accomplishments that their parents, guidance counselors, and sometimes even they themselves would have thought out of reach. These scholars write in a manner that will enable readers to reconsider their own assumptions and to empathize with the oppression that accompanies being defined as "other."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900791476382
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/06/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Oldfield is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Richard Greggory Johnson III is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction Kenneth Oldfield Richard Greggory Johnson III 1

2 Class, Sexuality, and Academia Andrea R. Lehrermeier 7

3 Middle-Class Drag Renny Christopher 25

4 From the Altar Boy's Robes to the Professor's Cap and Gown: The Journey of a Gay, Working-Class Academic Timothy J. Quain 47

5 One in Ten: Teaching Tolerance for (Class) Difference, Ambiguity, and Queerness in the Culture Classroom Denis M. Provencher 63

6 Flying the Coop: Liberation through Learning Nancy Ciucevich Story 83

7 No More Rented Rooms Bonnie R. Strickland 101

8 Escape from the Bronx: The Making of an Unlikely Leader Richard Greggory Johnson III 115

9 My First Closet Was the Class Closet Felice Yeskel 131

10 One Bad Lecture Away from Guarding a Bank: Identity as a Process Michallene McDaniel 149

11 Becoming (Almost) One of Those "Damn, New York, Pinko Intellectuals" Donald C. Barrett 171

12 Weaving the Self with Gender: Uniting Race, Sexual Orientation, and Social Class Terell P. Lasane 195

13 Possibilities Angelia R. Wilson 211

14 Hate Is Not a Family Value Susan E. Borrego 223

List of Contributors 247

Index 251

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