Twenty Years of Working-Class Studies: Tensions, Values, and Core Questions
Keywords:class, working-class studies, interdiciplinarity, interality
From the beginning Working-Class Studies has been a balancing act – between academic and activist work, among class and other analytic and social categories, among ways of defining and studying class. Twenty years in, we have not resolved the tensions among the disparate approaches to and elements of this field. And that,
we would argue, is one of our strengths. Working-Class Studies is a dynamic and contested terrain of multiple methodologies and academic disciplines. While this means we sometimes repeat old debates, because we haven’t resolved them and because new people join the fray, as a field we benefit from the complexity and openendedness around a few core issues.