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Class Reunion: The Remaking of the American White Working Class (Critical Social Thought)


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Noted scholar Lois Weis first visited the town of "Freeway" in her 1990 book, "Working Class Without Work. "In that book we met the students and teachers of Freeway's high school to understand how these working-class folks made sense of their lives. Now, fifteen years later, Weis has gone back to Freeway for "Class Reunion." This time her focus is on the now grown-up students who are, for the most part, still working class and now struggling to survive the challenges of the global economy. "Class Reunion" is a rare and valuable longitudinal ethnographic study that provides powerful, provocative insight into how the lives of these men and women have changed over the last two decades--and what their prospects might be for the future.

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Weis (sociology of education, U. of Buffalo, State U. of New York) presents findings from a 2000-2001 follow-up study of 31 high school students from a de-industrializing town in the northeastern U.S. whom she first interviewed in 1985 and described in Working Class Without Work (Routledge, 1990). Through a detailed look at the high school and young adult years of her subjects, the author examines the reshaping of the white working class, with a focus on issues related to whiteness, masculinity, femininity, representations, and the new economy. She argues that, contrary to popular images of "the disappearing working class," American white working class is very much alive and has re-articulated itself as a distinct class fraction in the past 25 years.
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Weis, Lois
New York
Social classes
Working class
Working class whites
Ethnic Studies - General
Minority Studies - General
Social classes -- United States.
Working class whites -- United States.
Featured Titles-History and Social Science
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Critical Social Thought
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