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

ISBN-10: 0865715238

ISBN-13: 9780865715233

Edition: 2005

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Movements for social change could be more powerful it they had more class diversity -- a factor that has limited their size and clout in the past. 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, this book fills this gap by demystifying this taboo topic. A guide to building bridges across class lines and collaborating more effectively in mixed-class social change efforts, it is designed in lively, highly readable short 'bites', full of stories, ideas, quotations, tips and resources.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Betsy Leondar-Wright is the Program Director of Class Action ( She is the author of Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists and coauthor of The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide.

Overview -- Working Definitions
Reality Check: Who Has How Much Money?
How Did I Come to Write Class Matters?
Activists Interviewed for Class Matters
Why Do We Need Cross-Class Alliances?
Two Stories of Cross-Class Alliances
Are There Class Cultures?
Class And Our Other Identities -- Identity Politics, Race, and Class
African American Class Dynamics
Sisterhood and Solidarity
GLBT and C
Working-Class White Men
Some Places We Meet -- Middle-Class Organisers in Working-Class Communities
Labour-Community Coalitions
Electoral Politics
Environmental Justice
Defending the Safety Net
Obstacles To Alliances -- Classism from Our Mouths
Internalised Classism
Working with Socially Conservative, Economically Progressive People
Unequal Control over Information and Money
Working-Class Rage and Mistrust
Counterculture Lifestyle Clashes
Invisible Walls
Inner Barriers for Middle-Class Activists
Dynamics with Owning-Class Activists
Building Alliances -- Tips from Working-Class Activists
Sharing Resources and Control
The Ally's Balancing Act
Reducing Classism in Non-profit Organisations
Walking the Talk in Our Individual Lives
Cross-Class Dialogue
Conclusion: Stepping Forward, Building Bridges
Resources -- Organisations and Websites
A Few Great Books on Class
Discussion Questions
Sample Classism Workshop Agenda
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