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Thinking Class: Sketches from a Cultural Worker

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In an era of increasing conservatism and a heightened attack on working people and women, Joanna Kadi's clear prose and arresting poetry strike out powerfully against the dominance of the upper class in all spheres of life. Kadi provides us with a personal and analytical look at how oppression by class intersects with oppression by race, gender, and sexuality. Examining th ...more
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by South End Press (first published 1996)
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Mar 27, 2008 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: radical-politics
I read this book in a day! Thinking Class: Sketches from a Cultural Worker was great! Joanna Kadi theorizes about social class while including a race, sexual orientation, ability, age (of children, she doesn't really talk old folks), and gender analysis. Plus, she writes accessibly! I love theory that isn't in super-mega-code (which Kadi critiques as classist). I suspect her chapter on sexual abuse of childred will especially stick with me. She argues that child abuse is ubiquitous and not over ...more
Lynn Sereda
Dec 30, 2007 Lynn Sereda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All, Especially those exploring the intersection of Queerness and Class
Out of all the books on Class I've read, this is my favorite, and goes into the category of "cannot put down"...Joanna Kadi explores things not present in theoretical examinations of class...for instance the complexity of class culture as it manifests in Country Music for instance....instead of just dissing on C&W as unenlightened and reactionary music, she goes deeper into its revolutionary heart and potential. The threads in the book on family, and internalized class oppression are amazing ...more
Anna White
Aug 04, 2014 Anna White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best
Excellent. Clear, concise, unwaveringly illuminating. I have wanted to see a good coverage of issues of class, education, and intersecting identities, and Kadi absolutely delivers this with the honesty of someone who's lived with the intersections and their challenges and benefits. The work is alive with her stories of her upbringing, and she pursues their implications skillfully and with none of the tiresome jargon that most theorists seem to rely on. I finished with the feeling that I'd been g ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most amazing books I have ever read and it breaks my heart that I had not heard of it before
Feb 17, 2008 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
Through telling her personal stories and experiences, Joanna Kadi makes the complex intersections of race, class, and sexuality extremely easy to understand. An indisputable must read for those exploring the complexities of class in the U.S.
Feb 20, 2013 Wryly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I read in 2012. Each essay felt like conversation about intersecting oppression with an old friend.
I picked this up used and it is a signed copy! Amazing luck, huh?

Acquired 3-16-09 from Roseville Half-Price Books
Apr 10, 2008 Cori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book written about issues of class I've read. It is an excellent blend of theory and story, very accessible.
Jen Hydrick
so far... i've read about half of it, and i like it, but haven't found it to be amazing yet. :)
Billie Rain
sharp pro-working-class commentary on a wide range of topics, written accessibly and with humor.
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Jan 06, 2008 Galen Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students, academics, anyone who works in schools, everyone
I recommend this book all the time.
Aug 19, 2008 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's incredibly effortless.
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“Child sexual abuse teaches us lessons about power- who has it and who doesn't. These lessons, experienced on a bodily level, transfer into the deepest levels of our conscious and subconscious being, and correspond with other oppressive systems. Widespread child sexual abuse supports a racist, sexist, classist and ableist society that attempts to train citizens into docility and unthinking acceptance of whatever the government and big business deem fit to hand out.” 9 likes
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