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Where We Stand: Class Matters - By Bell Hooks
This incisive examination of class is rooted in cultural critic hooks's (All About Love) personal experience, political commitment, and social theory, which links gender, race, and class. Starting with her working-class childhood, the author illustrates how everyday interactions reproduce class hierarchy while simultaneously denying its existence. Because she sustains an unflinching gaze on both her own personal motivations and on persistent social structures, hooks provides a valuable framework for discussing such difficult and unexplored areas as greed, the quest to live simply, the ruling-class co-optation of youth through popular culture, and real estate speculation as an instrument of racism. Although the reading level and the price are both steep, this title is highly recommended for most public libraries and academic social science collections.DPaula R. Dempsey, DePaul Univ. Lib., Chicago 
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


How Class Works: Power and Social Movement - By Stanley Aronowitz
Although Americans like to believe that they live in a classless society, Stanley Aronowitz demonstrates that class remains a potent force. Defining class as the power of social groups to make a difference, he explains that social groups such as labor movements, environmental activists, and feminists become classes when they make demands that change the course of history.
“With How Class Works Aronowitz puts the subject of social class squarely on the intellectual agenda—though in a new, inclusive, and dynamic form. Like his influential False Promises, How Class Works is both intellectually exciting and morally challenging.”—Barbara Ehrenreich
“In How Class Works Aronowitz argues for the enduring vitality of the concept of social class as a way of understanding social relations. This is a significant contribution to social theory, an argument certain to be widely considered, debated, and tested.”—George Lipsitz, author of American Studies in a Moment of Danger
“An intellectually captivating book on a topic that remains as timely and significant as ever.”—Howard Kimeldorf, University of Michigan


Class: A Guide Through the American Status System - By Paul Fussell
The bestselling, comprehensive, and carefully researched guide to the ins-and-outs of the American class system with a detailed look at the defining factors of each group, from customs to fashion to housing.
Based on careful research and told with grace and wit, Paul Fessell shows how everything people within American society do, say, and own reflects their social status. Detailing the lifestyles of each class, from the way they dress and where they live to their education and hobbies, Class is sure to entertain, enlighten, and occasionally enrage readers as they identify their own place in society and see how the other half lives.



Related Articles

A list of related articles provided by the editors at the New York Times can be found here:

A Success Story That's Hard to Duplicate - By ISABEL WILKERSON

Encounters With Class - By CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY

Downwardly Mobile in Birmingham - By Diane McWhorter

From the Bronx to Cornell - By Richard Price

At the Top of the Bottom in the Segregated South - By David Levering Lewis

We Were Poor but I Didn't Know It - By Linda Chavez

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Full Bibliography for Class Matters

Full Bibliography
Bourdieu, Pierre
Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (1984, Harvard University Press)
Bowen, William G., et al
Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series)
Bowles, Samuel, et al (Editors)
Unequal Chances: Family Background and Economic Success (2005, Princeton University Press)
Conley, Dalton
The Pecking Order: Which Siblings Succeed and Why (2004, Pantheon)
Corak, Miles (editor)
Generational Income Mobility in North America and Europe (2004, Cambridge)
Franklin, Benjamin
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Dover Publications)
Frank, Robert; Cook, Phillip J.
The Winner-Take-All Society: Why the Few at the Top Get So Much More Than the Rest of Us (1996, Penguin)
Fussell, Paul
Class: A Guide Through the American Status System (1983, Touchstone Books)
Herberg, Will
Protestant Catholic Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology (1955, 1960, 1983, The University of Chicago Press)
Kingston, Paul W. 
The Classless Society (2000, Stanford University Press)
Lamont, Michele
Money, Morals, & Manners: The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle Class (1992, The University of Chicago Press)
Lareau, Annette
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life (2003, University of California Press)
Neckerman, Kathryn M. (Editor)
Social Inequality (2004, Russell Sage Foundation) [Chapter 2, on family structure, and Chapter 10, on working hours, are especially relevant.]
Niebuhr, H. Richard
The Social Sources of Denominationalism (1929)
Poloma, Margaret M.
The Assemblies of God at the Crossroads: Charisma and Institutional Dilemmas (1989, The University of Tennessee Press)
Scharnhorst, Gary, with Jack Bales
The Lost Life of Horatio Alger Jr. (Indiana University Press, 1992)
Wood, Gordon S.
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (2004, Penguin Press)
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