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Thinking Class: Sketches from a Cultural Worker

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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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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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
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
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.
Galen Smith
Jan 06, 2008 Galen Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students, academics, anyone who works in schools, everyone
I recommend this book all the time.
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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