Class Matters Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists
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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Betsy Leondar-Wright is the Program Director of Class Action (www.classism.org). 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|
|Defending the Safety Net|
|Obstacles To Alliances -- Classism from Our Mouths|
|Working with Socially Conservative, Economically Progressive People|
|Unequal Control over Information and Money|
|Working-Class Rage and Mistrust|
|Counterculture Lifestyle Clashes|
|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|
|Conclusion: Stepping Forward, Building Bridges|
|Resources -- Organisations and Websites|
|A Few Great Books on Class|
|Sample Classism Workshop Agenda|