Class Lives: Stories from Across Our Economic Divide
Chuck Collins, Jennifer Ladd, Maynard Seider, and Felice Yeskel, ed.
Class Lives is an anthology of narratives dramatizing the lived experience of class in America. It includes forty original essays from authors who represent a wide range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, ages, and occupations across the United States. Contributors describe their class journeys in narrative form, recounting one or two key stories that illustrate their growing awareness of class and their place, changing or stable, within the class system…
Together, these essays form a powerful narrative about the experience of class and the importance of learning about classism, class cultures, and the intersections of class, race, and gender. Class Lives will be a helpful resource for students, teachers, sociologists, diversity trainers, activists, and a general audience. It will leave readers with an appreciation of the poignancy and power of class and the journeys that Americans grapple with on a daily basis.
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Why have we seen so few cross-class movements in the US? One reason: we overlook class cultures. Discussing class dynamics can be transformative for social movement groups.
This handbook for working together across class differences by Betsy Leondar-Wright includes interviews and quotes from activists of all classes, as well as helpful how-to tips. Second Edition.
The Color of Wealth: The story behind the U.S. racial wealth divide
For every dollar owned by the average white family in the United States, the average family of color has less than a dime. Why do people of color have so little wealth? The Color of Wealth lays bare a dirty secret.
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99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It by Chuck Collins
Created Equal: A Curriculum for High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers on Class and Classism
Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America by Barbara Jensen
This heartfelt memoir about growing up working-class also has clear explanations of the damage caused by classism and of working-class and middle-class culture differences in the US.
Economic Apartheid in America: A primer on economic inequality and insecurity
Cross-Class Manual: Talking Across the Class Divide
A practical manual to further understandings of class and classism, including tools for convening and facilitating cross-class dialogue groups.
Straight Talk Booklet: Straight Talk About Class & Classism
10 classist comments overheard by Class Action’s student interns and assembled into an irresistible little illustrated booklet. Free with any purchase.
New! Farewell to Factory Towns? DVD
This 60-minute film starts with the dramatic job loss in North Adams, Massachusetts, due to deindustrialization, and ends up with an indictment of many federal government missteps and a vision of what it would take to create a full-employment economy.
Enough: A Kid’s Perspective DVD
In 11 minutes 13 year old filmmaker Zoe Greenberg opens a window into our society’s teenagers relationships with class.
“A slick, honest exploration of an important issue…” Kristen Graham, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Curriculum to accompany the Enough Dvd.
Activities in the Enough curriculum promote learning and dialogue. Contents include discussion questions to be used with the film, a crossword puzzle, and interactive activities to demonstrate the distribution of wealth in the U.S.“Class impacts all of our students, yet resources to broach this topic are scarce. The film Enough and the curriculum stimulated dialogue and learning. Thank you for this great teaching tool!” Ruth Trimarchi, High School Teacher
Both the Dvd and the Curriculum in one convenient package.
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