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Humanities 2019, 8(1), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8010053

How the American Working Class Views the “Working Class”

Department of English, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1906, USA
Received: 8 November 2018 / Revised: 21 February 2019 / Accepted: 25 February 2019 / Published: 12 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Histories of Ethos: World Perspectives on Rhetoric)
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Abstract

This article reviews the complications in understanding some of the conflicting tenets of American working-class ethos, especially as it unfolds in the college classroom. It asserts that the working class values modesty, straightforwardness, and hard work and has a difficult time accepting an ethos based in formal education. The article also discusses some of the performance aspects of working-class texts and explores the difficulties that outsiders face in trying to analyze/critique working-class experience. View Full-Text
Keywords: class; social class; working class; ethos; identity; habitus; social capital; Bourdieu class; social class; working class; ethos; identity; habitus; social capital; Bourdieu
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