A cultural anthropologist from the “Southeast Side” of Chicago whose family is still living the half-life of deindustrialization three decades after the mills shut down. A community organizer, journalist, teacher, actor, and musician who also writes poetry in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A day laborer in Oakland and Baltimore who while waiting for work was taking field notes as a sociologist. And a daughter of the Arky part of Arkansas reporting on poverty in the Ozarks.
These are the four winners of the Working-Class Studies Association’s awards for the best work of 2013. Together they ably represent our diverse field both in subject matter and method, as they focus on different parts of working-class life while insisting on combining direct observation and experience with book learning and the wider contexts it can bring to immediate experience.
Christine Walley’s Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago won the Association’s C.L.R…
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