How Class Works - 2004 Conference

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How Class Works - 2004 Conference

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0.0 The Working Class with State Power in a Neo-liberal World (co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center)


Class in a Global Economy


2.0 The Working Class and Conservative Politics (co-sponsored by New Labor Forum)



3.0 The Mosaic of Class, Race, and Gender


4.0 Class and War


1.1 Class and Culture

“Defining working-class as culture: have you eaten the cheese?”

“The missing story of ourselves: poverty class in academe”

  • Janet Zandy – English, Rochester Institute of Technology

“To render a working-class life”

“Defining and using class and class labels in empirical research”

1.2 Issues in Inequality

  • Tina Wagle – graduate studies, Empire State College, Buffalo

“The concept of relative wealth yields social reproduction for urban Puerto Ricans”

“Social class, schooling, and social reproduction in the U.S.: a review of the research”

“Globalization and income inequality in the United States”

  • Teal Rothschild, Anthropology/Sociology., Roger Williams Univ., Providence RI

“Teaching class and inequality: how students ‘get’ privilege and inequality”


1.3 Teaching Class through Literature

  • Kathy McDonald – English, Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY

“Teaching working class literature in an age of multiculturalism”

“Notes from a novice pedagogue: proletarian literature in the contemporary classroom”

“Reflections on teaching, class, and American modernism”

“Class works through common bonds: melodrama as a motley genre”


1.4 Labor and Globalization

“The domestic workers issue in a globalized era”

  • Sam Ashman – research student, political science, University of Birmingham, UK

“Class, capital, and uneven development”


1.5 Families, Communities, and the Reproduction of Class

“On luck and money: perception of privilege across class”

“Class, childrearing, and culture”

“Home ownership: individual effort, good communities, and the denial of class”

“Reproducing class divisions in ‘universal’ programs for families”


1.6 Organizing Across the Workplace and the Community

“Community-labor coalition building in a multi-racial community: the case of New Haven”

  • David Reynolds – Labor Studies Center, Wayne State University, Detroit

“Partnering for change: lessons from the new wave of labor-community coalitions”

“New Haven’s Trade Union Plaza: ‘by working people for working people’”

  • Janice Fine – Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, and Economic Policy Institute

“Contemporary immigrant worker centers in the U.S. and the prospects for movement building at the nexus of class and ethnicity”


1.7 The Vernacular of Class in Working Class Studies – a roundtable

  • Michael Zweig – Center for Study of Working Class Life, SUNY Stony Brook
  • Jack Metzgar – Humanities, Roosevelt University, Chicago
  • Sherry Linkon - Center for Working Class Studies, Youngstown State University
  • Dorian Warren - American Studies grad, Yale


1.8 Masculinity and Class

“Domestic violence at work”

“’Get your man’: the Pennsylvania Department of State Police, labor, violence, and masculinity during Progressive Era Pennsylvania, 1890-1917“

“Working-class masculinity and professional wrestlers on Long Island”


1.9 Women and Class: Exploring Self, Identities, Power, and Resistance in Women’s Narratives

“’Neither one place nor the other entirely’: positioning oneself on the borders”

“I didn’t know there was a difference: an Irish immigrant woman’s narratives of the undercurrents of class experience”

“’I work because I choose to’: creating a self-satisfying working-class life”

  • Barbara Jensen – psychology, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis

“Resilience, resistance, and working-class pride”


2.1 Women in the Global Economy

“Factory women and their working class identities”

“Nickel and dime jobs: can they benefit vulnerable women?”


2.2 Crossing Class Boundaries

  • Brenda Bretz – associate provost, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Penna.

“Working-class students at a private, selective liberal arts college: crossing class boundaries and living in two worlds”

“Working-class college students: interviews with first generation students at a small state college in upstate New York”

“Linking personal stories to cross-class collaboration”

  • Sarah Battaglia – graduate program coordinator, Hispanic Languages and Literature, SUNY Stony Brook

“From Brooklyn to the ‘burbs: traversing the class divide”

“Class acts: normalizing unequal entitlement in luxury hotels”


2.3 Class and Women’s Studies

“Class in the Women’s Studies classroom”

  • Gail Verdi – education, College of New Rochelle (New York)

“Literacy development and the acquisition of social practices in the lives of four working-class women academics”


2.4 Representations of Class

“Positioning the past”

“How labor gets framed: news by the corporate media”

“Maintaining middle-class boundaries: representation as class war”

“Laughing matters: entertainment television’s mockery of the working class”


2.5 The Relationship of Working Class Studies and Labor Studies – a roundtable

  • Michael Zweig – Center for Study of Working Class Life, SUNY Stony Brook
  • John Russo – Center for Working Class Studies, Youngstown State University
  • Jamie Daniel – University of Illinois, Chicago and AFT
  • Joe Wilson – Graduate Center for Worker Education, Brooklyn College, CUNY


2.6 Teaching Class in Context

“Is Worker Education Class Education? Teaching Class in Context”

  • Tom Nesbit - Continuing Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

“Social Class and Adult Education”


2.7 Reflections on Ralph Miliband’s Contribution to State Theory

“Class power and state power: Miliband’s ‘instrumental’ conception of the state”

“Reconsidering Miliband and state theory: a defense of instrumentalism”

“Miliband and Lasky on class, democracy, and the state”


2.8 Class, Health, and Health Care

“Doctors discover class: the origins of 19th century social medicine”

“Information and quality sorting by patient ability to pay in the New York State market for heart surgeons”


2.9 Strikes: Learning Class Consciousness in Struggle

“Strikes and the politics of reform on the Port of New York: 1945-1960”

“Race and class in the 1919 steel strike”

  • Stan Ketchum – Labor Studies student, University of Indiana, Northwest

“Why the AFL-CIO doesn’t strike for universal health care”

  • Ed Hiatt – Labor Studies student, University of Indiana, Northwest

“Spiraling cost of living and the 1919 steel strike”


2.10 Jack O’Dell and the Success of Principled Non-sectarianism

“Continuities in the freedom movement: Jack O’Dell in the early Cold War”

“Jack O’Dell’s working class affinities”

“Armed with a legacy: lessons learned from Jack O’Dell”


2.11 Film - Stolen Childhood


3.1 Class, Law, and Lawyers

  • Olena Kobzar – undergraduate political science, York Univ., and grad. Carleton Univ.

“Rethinking law and class in North America”

“Unionization, professionalism, and zealous advocacy: the New York Legal Aid Society in the 1960s”


3.2 Race and Class in Communities

  • Jonathan Scott – English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

“A crack in the monolith: Eminem’s missed opportunity”

  • Maggie Ussery – grad, Temple University; anthropology and sociology, Ursinus College

“Refusing to be humbled: the social and economic adaptations of black workers in Philadelphia”

“Race and reform: breaking ranks with the Shanker legacy”

“Marxism meets urban regime theory: a model for understanding racist neoliberalism and class conflict within a majority black city”


3.3 Class Structures in Health Care

“Medical-finance complexes and the structure of health care institutions”

“Hospitals, the uninsured, and the failure of cross-subsidization”


3.4 Unseenamerica: Art, Class, and Voice – a roundtable


3.5 Issues in Class Dynamics in Capitalism

  • John Manley – Political Science, Stanford University (emeritus)

“’Who can we shoot?: the unexceptional American welfare state”

“Class conflict and the capitalist state”

“Base and superstructure and the socialist perspective”

“Social capital and the working class”


3.6 Talking Class in the Labor Media - a roundtable


3.7 Sexual Rights and Representation – a roundtable discussion


3.8 Beneath the Glass Ceiling: Does Race Keep Classes Divided?

four National Labor College students papers from Comparative Research Methods and Senior Seminar – NLC class of 2003


3.9 Class Culture and Social Change – a roundtable


3.10 Using Film to Teach about Class

  • Bill Barry – Labor Studies, Community College of Baltimore County
  • Tom Zaniello – English, Northern Kentucky University
  • Renny Christopher – English, California State University, Channel Islands


4.1 Class Formation and Politics in U.S. History

“Color lines continued: DuBois and the Freedman’s Bureau, Reconstruction, and questions concerning class formation”

“Class politics in the Vietnam anti-war movement”

“From working-class fatalism to activism”


4.2 Working Class Politics in the U.S. Today

“From unions to class: the promise and limits of central labor councils”

  • Nari Rhee – geography grad student, UC Berkeley

“Local policy reforms and labor’s electoral clout: toward a working class politics in Silicon Valley?”

  • Dennis Soron – post-doc at Neoliberal Globalism and its Challengers Project, University of Alberta

“Progressive environmentalism and the problem of working class consumerism”

“Strategizing labor political outreach: air war or ground war?”


4.3 Class in Communities

  • Paul Watt – urban studies, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, UK

“Class identity among working class public housing tenants in London”

“Regenerating a working class ‘sense of place’”

“’Gentrification in the best sense of the word’: housing, regionalism, and redevelopment in southeastern Baltimore County”

“Builders of the city” pobladores and the territorialization of class identity in Chile”


4.4 Class and Community in the Global South

“The metropolis of hunger: work and conflict in Ceara, Brazil”

  • Peter Ranis – Political Science, York College and CUNY Graduate Center

“The impact of popular rebellion on labor and social movements in Argentina”

“Classes, multitudes, and the politics of community movements in post-apartheid South Africa”

“Reclaiming the public interest: politics of class and community within the Turkish anti- privatization movement”


4.5 Class, Communication, and Community

  • Susan Leggett – Communications, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA

“No connections? Documenting class privilege”

  • Lee Artz – Communications, Purdue Univ. Calumet

“Freire and Gramsci in communication studies”

“When students see themselves as agents of social change”

“Dangerous formats: the impossible possibilities of community in the classroom”


4.6 Living Class through Race and Gender: Using Biography and Personal Experience to Deepen Understanding


4.7 Our Bodies/Our Selves? Lower-Class Status, Lower-Class Bodies

“What eating disorders do you mean? A class analysis of the feminist preoccupation with anorexia and bulimia”

“Public bodies: the construction and maintenance of poor women’s bodies in U.S. jurisprudence and public theory”

“Working life and overworked bodies”


4.8 Adjunct Issues as Issues of Social Class in the University – a roundtable

  • Shirley Frank – English adjunct, York College and NYC College of Technology, CUNY
  • Kimberly Jones – Social Sciences adjunct, York College, CUNY
  • Vincent Tirelli – Political Science grad., CUNY Graduate Center, and PSC (AFT)
  • Dominic Wetzel – Sociology grad., CUNY Grad Center and Writing Fellow, John Jay College, CUNY


4.9 Film – Every Mother’s Son

References

  1. [1]How Class Works - 2004 Conference Schedule, accessed July 24 2010