Alice Whittenburg – The Journal of Working-Class Studies – December 2021

This quote from Alice Whittenburg appeared in her article ‘A Dozen Images Made in or Near Youngstown, Ohio, That Show Why People Need Both Jobs and Fish’ in the December 2021 issue of the Journal of Working-Class Studies.

The articles states that cultural geographers have shown that depictions of a landscape contribute to its meaning(s). Linkon & Russo (2002) have examined the landscape of Youngstown through the lens of images and stories. In this article Whittenburg focuses more specific on the landscape of the Mahoning River examining a dozen images created in or near Youngstown since the early twentieth century. Whittenburg explores how the images in the piece help to clarify the way the conflict between economy and ecology has played out in the Mahoning Valley.

You can read the full article here. Co-edited by Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre (University of Technology Sydney), the journal operates as an independent, adjudicated, open-access, scholarly publication alongside WCSA. For more information or to view the journal click here.

Wendy L. Wright – The Journal of Working-Class Studies – December 2021

This is a quote from Wendy L. Wright’s article Running Head: Bail, Reform, and Foucault’s Dangerous Individual published in the December 2021 issue of the Journal of Working-Class Studies.

In this paper, Wright uses a political theory approach to argue that racial capitalist ideologies that construct accused individuals as specifically ‘dangerous’ impede just policy transformation. She centralizes Michel Foucault’s genealogy of the ‘dangerous individual’ as a frame for analyzing the logics and movement of the dangerous figure, and then re-situates the concept of the dangerous person in the contemporary US bail context. Wright argues that the dominance of oppressive ideologies in bail discourse demonstrates the pervasive race and class biases that persist in the criminal justice apparatus, even in policy reform approaches that promise unbiased outcomes like algorithmic assessments.

To read Wright’s full paper, click here! For more information on the Journal of Working-Class Studies, you can visit us here or head on over to the journal’s website where you can browse our open source, publicly accessible material or submit your work for consideration. 

Routledge Companion to Working-Class Literature

The Routledge Companion to Working-Class Literature are currently seeking chapter submissions. They are under contract and the edition is scheduled to appear next year. Most of the contributors are already confirmed, so they are seeking submissions on particular subjects. These include:

• Theories of working-class literature

• Pre-industrial literature by workers

• Working-class literature in the Global South

• African-American, Asian-American, and Latinx working-class literature

• Queer working-class literature

• The future of working-class literature and literary studies

A more detailed outline of the project is available on request. Chapters will be 7500 words long and need to be submitted no later than mid-September. Potential contributors should submit a 300 word abstract and a short (100 word or less) bio to by April 1.

Nominations for WCSA officers are now open

Nominations for WCSA officers are now open. We need nominees for the following positions for the 2022-23 year:

· President-Elect (3-year cycle through President and Past President)

· Secretary (2-year term)

· Two at-large members of the Executive Committee (2-year terms)

· Chair-Elect of Working-Class Academics Section (2-year cycle through Chair)

· One member of the Elections Committee (3-year term)

Self-nominations are most welcome. For descriptions of each position, see “V. Responsibility of Officers” in our Bylaws. Send nominations to Jill Ann Harrison at If self-nominating, please send a brief bio that can be circulated during the election. If nominating someone else, please include an email address so we can contact that person. Nominations will remain open through the business meeting at our conference June 20th-23rd at Oregon State University. But please act now if you are willing to serve or know someone who is.

Solidarity Social Media – Lita Kurth

In this week’s #SolidaritySocialMedia we spotlight long-time WCSA member Lita Kurth. The first photo is of her with the iconic Rosie the Riveter at History Park in San Jose, taken in 2019. The second photo is the first women’s march in 2017. The biggest march in San Jose’s history.

Lita with Rosie the Riveter
Lita at the 2017 Women’s March

Lita says that Rosie the Riveter ‘is an iconic working class woman’. Indeed! Rosie honors women who worked in the shipyards during WWII. She tells us of the second photo that ‘Trump presented a phony pro-working class image’ and adds that ‘anyone with knowledge of his hotel construction labor issues would have known this was not credible’. So true. The women’s marches were an amazing moment of solidarity to many women and working-class people around the world.

A member since 2011 (😮), Lita has remained with WCSA because she loves the conferences. ‘I always seem to make another friend each time I go. I greatly appreciate the Facebook group and the journal. I feel it is one small thing I can do to support and share real information about working class people’.

Thank you so much for sharing with us Lita. We LOVE the images and your solidarity with others, particularly other working-class women. #WeCanAllDoIt #WCSA

Solidarity With Starbucks Workers

We at the Working-Class Studies Association stand in solidarity with Starbucks workers internationally in their bid to unionize. To learn more about their efforts follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

‘The most important word in the language of the working-class is solidarity’ -Harry Bridges

#SBWorkersUnited #Solidarity #UnionStrong

This Week’s Working-Class Perspectives – Why There’s More Labor Media Coverage

From Starbucks baristas to New York Times tech staff, workers and unions have been in the media spotlight lately. Lane Windham examines why this is and how this increased media attention reflects changes in how we think about class in this week’s Working-Class Perspectives blog post. You can read this uplifting and thought-provoking piece here.

Solidarity Social Media

We are happy to introduce our #SolidaritySocialMedia series across all our platforms. Share images of you with placards, signs, wearing tee-shirts, pins, badges, or anything else you like by emailing or on our Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. We aim to capture and promote our members’ solidarity work and issues they are passionate about. #WCSA