Cherie Rankin Reviews ‘Winter Counts’ by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Cherie Rankin reviews David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s debut novel Winter Counts in the latest issue of the Journal of Working-Class Studies. Winter Counts is a riveting look at the power of family, tradition, and connection.

Set on the Lakota Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the author draws on the poignancy of all three when they are entwined in battling the drug trade on the reservation that threatens the life of its people. You can read more this review, as well as a large number of other articles, by following the link below. Oh and good news! It’s an open-source journal: 

https://journals.uwyo.edu/…/work…/article/view/7261/5841

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This Week’s Working-Class Perspectives

We understand war through the stories and images available to us, which may not always capture the economic hardships that war brings. In the case of Russia’s attacks on Ukraine, videos and photographs offer stories of collective efforts by Ukrainians but also the individual characters of Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky.

As media critic James V. Catano writes in this week’s Working-Class Perspectives, they have been presented in terms that reflect contrasting versions of masculinity, one an elitist executive and the other the heroic leader of a group of equals. Yet as Catano reminds us, the war’s primary victims are those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

Journal of Working-Class Studies

Did you know that the Journal of Working-Class Studies is open access and available online? Well, now you do. Keep your eyes peeled for more insightful quotes on working-class lives and experiences.

You can access the journal here.

Revised Call for Submissions

***Revised call for submissions for the forthcoming issue of Radichal Teacher on Teaching About Socialism***

Deadline: December 12, 2022

The editors of this issue are interested in articles on teaching (in or out of school and college) that try to dispel the ignorance in the U.S. about socialism domestically and internationally, renewing its vital presence in political vision and resistance. For instance:

—How have you and your students and colleagues explored current understandings and misunderstandings of socialism? Hostile misrepresentations?

—What texts—treatises, analyses, stories, poems, dramas—have you found most engaging for students?  What do you do with them?  

—How have you or would you structure a class in Socialism 101?

—How have you connected ideas of socialism now to past ideas and practices of socialism? To “actually existing socialism” in other societies? 

—Have you found ways to put students in touch with socialist organizing? With young people who have worked in the Sanders or AOC campaigns, for instance? With anti-capitalist organizers in Black Lives Matter? 

—How might teaching about socialism connect to movements grounded in race or gender? To the ongoing concern with intersectionality? To environmental activism and the political analysis that climate change cannot be adequately addressed within the confines of capitalism?

 —Can teaching about socialism be disinterested and neutral? Should it be? Or should radicals teach as advocates of socialism? 

 —In the current political atmosphere, will openly socialist teachers put their careers at risk?  How can leftists who do have job security defend those who do not against repression? Can they turn repressive attacks by administrators, trustees, and politicians into political lessons? 

 —Does teaching socialism call for progressive pedagogies? Democratic classrooms? Student-initiated learning projects? Ways of moving from individual to collaborative forms of learning?

 —What kinds of resistance from students have you encountered in teaching (about) socialism?  How, whether successfully or unsuccessfully, have you tried to deal with them?

Member Feature – Amanda-Rose ‘Rosie’ O’Halloran

This week’s Member Feature highlights Sociologist and University of Cambridge PhD candidate Amanda-Rose ‘Rosie’ O’Halloran. Her work centres the experiences of those who sought abortion illegally under Ireland’s eighth amendment & adopts a postcolonial perspective.

Working-class roots
Finding purpose and pursuing education
What does WCSA mean?
When we’re you cognisant of class?

Calls for Papers

Teaching about Socialism

See the call out for papers on “Teaching about Socialism” in Radical Teacher, an open-access (free to readers) academic Journal. Deadline: Dec. 12, 2022.

Popular Music & the Working-Class

And don’t forget the call out for papers on “Popular Music and the Working-Class!” For the next issue of our open-access Journal for Working-Class Studies. Deadline: Aug. 31, 2022.

Photo of musical instruments, Creative Commons, Chris Hawes. Photo of pencil, Lucas Santos, Unsplash.