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Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists

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Movements for social change could be more powerful if they had more class diversity—a factor that has limited their past size and clout. But attempting to cross class barriers has frequently left middle-class activists frustrated, with few resources to turn to for help.

Based on interviews with 40 diverse activists and thinkers, Class Matters fills this gap by demystifying
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by New Society Publishers
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It took me a while to get through this book, as it's a series of stories and quotes from class activists rather than one longer narrative. Regardless, I found that it raised many important issues I hadn't before considered around issues of class. Much like with issues around race, it isn't helpful to try and be "class-blind." The class we were raised in has a profound effect on the way we see the world - it's worth constantly investigating how class informs our choices, and there is real educati ...more
Jul 28, 2008 Ariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ariel by: David
Betsy Leondar-Wright compiles a useful list of short editorials, fact boxes, interviews, and book excerpts on cross-class organizing. This book says it's for middle-class activists, but I didn't feel excluded at all! (My family is working-class, but not poor, and I'm training for a middle-class career as an academic.)


What a useful book! (I can't say that for a lot of what I read in school, so I read Class Matters while procrastinated on my "assigned" readings.) This book gave me lots of
Feb 13, 2009 Anita rated it 2 of 5 stars
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The book had some keen insights about Class-- which I have included in a short lecture series I am doing at the Vineyard Church. It had an "activists" audience which did not resonate with me (although i am speaking at City Council meetings more than I ever thought :). I didn't love the layout of the book -- it read choppy and it was very experiential-- although fine-- just not my style.

This is a great book for thinking about organizing across racial divides. Highlights alot of thinking comes up in much of my own organizing experiences and sheds some light on how to move forward.
This is one of the books that lives in my bathroom. It has a lot of interesting insights, and is easy to ready in tiny bits (and maybe hard to read straight through, at least, apparently, for me)
Haven't read it cover to cover but from what I've read so far, it's a great resource and collection of narratives from activists ranging in identities and class backgrounds.
Jun 14, 2007 sawyer added it
i read this with a bunch of friends/acquaintances in my community and we met weekly to discuss it. a useful tool and very readable book.
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