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Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists

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ISBN13: 9780865715233
ISBN10: 0865715238
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Movements for social change could be more powerful if they had more class diversity—a factor that has limited their past size and clout. But attempting to cross class barriers has frequently left middle-class activists frustrated, with few resources to turn to for help.

Based on interviews with 40 diverse activists and thinkers, Class Matters fills this gap by demystifying this taboo topic. A guide to building bridges across class lines and collaborating more effectively in mixed-class social change efforts, it is designed in lively, highly readable short “bites,” full of stories, ideas, quotations, tips and resources.

Economic justice activist Betsy Leondar-Wright is the communications director at United for a Fair Economy. She has worked in mixed-class movements for over 25 years.


A practical handbook for bridging class divisions, designed for the busy activist.

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Betsy Leondar-Wright is a long-time economic justice activist who has been Communications Director at United for a Fair Economy since 1998. A veteran of many conflicts along class and race lines, she has worked across class lines in a number of roles.

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tvantol, November 29, 2006 (view all comments by tvantol)
Class Matters: Cross-class alliance building for middle-class activists by Betsy Leondar-Wright is must-read for any middle or owning class person who is thinking about or actively taking part in community organizing or social work-type jobs in any capacity. Leondar-Wright does not write a lot of explanations of definitions or long descriptions of each class category, but instead uses the voices of many people working in the field to help explain key differences between classes. There is substantial information written as to how unintentionally detrimental middle class people and ideas can be when working to ?help? poor and working class communities. Just as we cannot practice a philosophy of ?color blindness? we cannot ignore differences in class cultures. This book takes a seemingly hard approach and may be difficult for some middle-class people to digest especially if they have never been exposed to the idea in this book in any way. It does not mince words and there are no pats on the back for trying to go out to help make change. It really points out the inadequacies middle-class organizers have when they do not listen, reflect, and learn from the people they are working amongst.
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Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists
New Society Publishers
Leondar-Wright, Betsy
Social classes
Social justice
General Political Science
Political Advocacy
Social classes -- United States.
Social justice -- United States.
Economic Conditions
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100 BandW illustrations and photographs
9 x 7.5 x 0.4 in 14 oz

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