Anastasia Zamkinos's Reviews > Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams

Limbo by Alfred Lubrano
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Dec 14, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, social-justice

I started reading Limbo when a professor who identifies as like the Straddlers explored in Limbo recommended it to help people in a position of privilege at the college begin to understand or at least empathize with a generally misunderstood, alienated, and under-served population. The way she put it, people in the Ivory Tower often avoid the "C" word, class, and Lubrano provides an approachable window into the struggles he explores that are often shared by people raised in blue-collar families who go to college and take on white-collar careers and identities.

It's an approachable, easy read on often-avoided subjects; the book explores the experience of "status dissonance" through the perspectives of multiple insiders to Straddlerhood (including Lubrano himself).

Coming away from Limbo I find myself better equipped to see and analyze class and educational inequalities as fundamental sources or informing elements of some conflicts or relationships. It's an easy pop-nonfiction read that sparked a lot of thought, conversation, and "aha!" moments, and it is definitely worth reading as a means of casual exposure to major cultural divides that can create a profoundly alienating experience.
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