How Class Works - 2002 Conference

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How Class Works - 2002 Conference


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0.0 Opening plenary session “September 11 and its Aftermath Through the Lens of Class”

  • Leo Panitch York University (Toronto) – Political Science Provost Lecture Series


1.0 The Mosaic of Class, Race, and Gender


1.1 Class, Race, and Repression in South Carolina


1.2 Class and Public Policy

“ Public Policy Is Class Policy: The Case of the Postal Anthrax Attacks”

“ Follow the Money: Dispensing Charity in the Wake of Tragedy”

“The State Made Visible: The Formation of the Pennsylvania Department of State Police, 1905 – 1906”


1.3 Class and Gender

“White Women and Class in the Matrixes of Oppression”

“Poor Women, You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Welfare Cheque: The Internationalizing Project of Welfare Reform”

  • Ellen Rosen, Brandeis University – Women’s Studies Research Center

“Social Class and Marriage”

SUNY Old Westbury – American Studies


1.4 Images of Labor

“Using Images to Teach Working-Class History”

“From ‘The Steel City’ to ‘A Nice Place to Do Time’: Images of Youngstown after Deindustrialization”

  • Kim Wilson, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, - Labor Extension

“Making Labor History Murals in the Community” Jim Cassidy, Chair, Stony Brook - Art


1.5 Pedagogy of Class

“Globalization and Its Critics the First Time Around: Twain, Casement, Conrad, and Euro-American Imperialism, Late 19th – Early 20th Century”

“ Class Work: Site of Working-Class Activism or Site of Embourgeoisement?”

“Class Restructuring in Contemporary Ukraine and Its Effect on Education”


1.6 Working-Class Media Projects

The Workers Independent News Service: Breaking the Media Blockade”

“Them and Us: An Organizing Model for Labor Communications”


2.0 Class and Community


2.1 Class and Gender

“ Women Talk about How Labor Education Has Influenced Their Union Activism: Implications for Labor Education

  • Steve Meyer, University of Wisconsin at Parkside – History

“ Neckties, Red Slacks, and the Bloody Riot: Gender and Power on the Automotive Shop Floor during World War II”

“ A Local Strike Becomes a National Issue: Women Sardine Canners in Brittany, 1924”


2.2 Pedagogy of Class

“ Global Inequalities and Pedagogical Challenges”

“ The Transformative Impact of Class Talk for College Students”


2.3 Class, Race, and the American Dream

“ Categories and Constraints: Emergent Latino Subjects and the American Dream”

  • John Manley, Stanford University– Political Science (emeritus)

“American Liberalism and the Democratic Dream: Transcending the American Dream”

  • Ronald Mendel, University College Northampton (UK) – American Studies

“Dreamin’ in Class: The American Dream Considered from the Perspective of Class”

“Protecting the Neighborhood Drugstore: Class, Race, and Community in Nineteenth-Century Lower Manhattan”


2.4 Class and Public Policy

“ Class and Institutional Response to Homelessness”

“ The Housing Shortage in New York City: Why It Pays Not to Build”

  • Peter Marcuse, Columbia University – Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

“ Class in Space: Does Globalization Make a Difference?”


2.5 Seeing through Workers’ Eyes: The Unseen America Project


2.6 Class and the Economy

“Class and Armed Robbery”

“Class and the Changing Distributions of Income and Wealth”

“Financial Markets: The Class Angle”


2.7 Film - The Uprising of ’34

  • George Stoney, Filmmaker. New York University – Tisch School of the Arts
  • Vera Rony, Executive producer; founding director, Center for Labor Management Studies, Stony Brook
  • Lou Deutsch, Host, Stony Brook – Hispanic Language and Literature


2.8 Poetry Reading


Playback Theater (NYC)


3.0 Class and Public Policy


3.1 Class and Religion

“ Religion and Class Invisibility”

“ Building a Multi-class, Multi-racial Labor-Religion Coalition – Lessons from the Pioneer Valley Project” Chair:


3.2 Class and the Labor Process

“ Post-Fordism and Subjectivity: The Case of the Saturn Automobile Corporation”

  • Magdalena Raczynska – Rutgers University – School of Management and Labor Relations, graduate program

“ Blurred Authority or Blurred Identity? The Role of Collective Identity in the Transformation of New Employment Relations”

“ Technology and Power on the Shop Floor”

  • Tim Strangleman, University of Nottingham (UK) – Sociology and Social Policy

“ Class and the End of Work”


3.3 Revisioning Families: Welfare Moms and Media Representation


3.4 Class and Consumption

  • Andrew Arnold, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – History

Louis D. Brandeis, Mother Jones, and the Loopholes in Laissez Faire”

“ Hours of Labor: The Eight-hour Day, Leisure, and the Consumer Citizen in Gilded Age America”

“ Trashy or Classy? Trailer Life in the 1930s”

  • Charis Ng, SUNY Stony Brook – Sociology, graduate program

“ Casino Gambling: Age and Class”


3.5 Class and Race

“ Race and Class in U.S. History”

“ They Never Called Themselves White: Racial and Ethnic Categorizations by New York City Unions after World War II”

“ Class Structure of Post World War II Chicago”


3.6 Pedagogy of Class

“Teaching the Industrial Revolution: An Exercise in Mid-Nineteenth Century Living”

“Students Using Sociolinguistics in the Adult ESL Classroom”

  • Jonathan Scott, CUNY, Borough of Manhattan Community College – English

“Democratic Affinities: A Class-struggle Approach to Multiculturalism”

  • Fred Gardaphe, Chair,Stony Brook – European Languages and Literature


3.7 Film - People Like Us: Social Class in America (excerpts)


“Middle Class? Working Class? What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter”


4.1 Organizing the U.S. Working Class in the Global Setting

“ Service Labor and Globalization Theory: Visibility Problems”

“ Organizing Immigrant Workers in New York City”

  • Jeffrey Keefe, Rutgers University – Labor Studies and Employment Relations

“ A Shift in Power Tactics from Strike to Political Pressure: The Case of CWA”

“Community Labor Alliances: A New Paradigm for Organizing – The Campaign to Organize Greengrocery Workers in New York City”

  • John Schmidt, Chair, Stony Brook (West) chapter chair, United University Professions (Local 2190 AFT – NYSUT, AFL-CIO)


4.2 The Capitalist Class

“ Reintegrating Class Analysis into Globalization: The Formation of Mexico’s Internationalist Elite and the Fate of Mexican Unions”

“ Demographics of the Capitalist Class”

“ Davos and More: A Global Ruling Class (in formation)”


4.3 Class and Youth

“Young Workers, Economic Inequality, and Collective Action”

“Newsboy Funerals: Towards an Emotional History of Working-class Youth”

“The Organizational Philosophy of Street Gangs on Long Island”


4.4 Class and Health

  • Oliver Fein, MD, Cornell University Medical School – Clinical Medicine and Clinical Public Health, and
  • Martha Livingston, SUNY College at Old Westbury – Health and Society

“Social Class, the Economic Determinants of Health, and the Health Inequalities Debate”


4.5 Class and Education

“Beyond Parent Involvement: An Organizing Paradigm”

“Policy Charade: Training for Discipline in the Low-wage Labor Market”

“Promises to Keep: Higher Education and Working-Class Students”


4.6 Pedagogy of Class - Teaching Labor and Working-Class History: a discussion


4.7 Film

Golden Lands, Working Hands (excerpts)

Class Counts


4.8 Watching the Media through the Lens of Class


5.0 Class in a Global Economy


5.1 Issues in Class Mobility

“ Class Lines, Class Power, and Class Consciousness within Higher Education: The Case of the New Majority Contingent Faculty”

“ Towards a Personal Ethnography of a Large Law Firm”

“ On the Self-maintaining Properties of the Class Structure: How the Middle Classes Reproduce Their Privileges and Power Across Generations”

  • Mary Kosut, New School University – Sociology, graduate program

“The Class Ceiling: Reflections on Class and the Academy from a Blue-collar Standpoint”


5.2 Issues in Class Alliances

“ Crossing Boundaries: Progressive Era Working-class Reformers in a Middle-class World”

“How Temperance Didn’t Work: Terence V. Powderly’s Lonely Crusade, 1869-1893”

“How Working- and Middle-class Cultures Shape Politics: Building Coalitions Across the Class Divide”

“Working at Cross-class Alliances: The Labor Reform Movement in Post-Civil War Boston”

  • Gary Mar, Chair, Stony Brook - Philosophy


5.3 Class and Race

“African-American Class Struggles During the Civil Rights/Black Power Movements”

  • Jeff Lustig, California State University at Sacramento – Government

“Class Resumed: The Tangled Knot of Race and Class and What It Means for How Class Works in America”

  • Rachel Meyer, University of Michigan – Sociology, graduate program

“Strikes and Sit-ins: Class Struggle and the Making of Interracial Unionism”

“Black Nationalism and the Class Functions of Race in American Politics”


5.4 Pedagogy of Class

  • David Van Arsdale and students, Tompkins Cortland Community College (NY) – Sociology

“The Sociology of Work: Community College Students Study Their Class and Labor Backgrounds, with Implications for the Future”


5.5 Class and Class Identity

  • George Davis, Pennsylvania State University – Political Science

“ (Re)Producing Bourgeois Subjects: Foucault, Sexuality, and the Politics of Class Identity”

“Class and the American Consensus: Predictors of Working-Class Identity, 1972 – 2000”

  • Kathryn Hegarty, Deakin University (Melbourne) – School of Literary and Communications Studies, graduate program

“The Classing of Ourselves: Mapping Working Class-ness in Identity through Fiction”

  • Gregory Mantsios, CUNY Queens College – Director, Queens College Labor Resource Center

“Class in America: Myths and Realities”


5.6 Film -A Day’s Work: A Day’s Pay


6.0 Class, Power, and Social Structure


6.1 Class beyond the U.S.

“ Reproductive Decisions of Mongolian Women: Class and Public Policy”

“ The Nature of the Middle Class – Comparative Study of China and the U.S.A.”

  • Peter Ranis, CUNY Graduate Center – Political Science

“ Rebellion and Class: Argentine Society Confronts the Neo-Liberal Model”

  • Yingfeng Wu, SUNY at Stony Brook – Sociology, graduate program

“ Market Reform and the Changing Life Chances of the Working Class in China”

  • Frank Myers, Chair, Stony Brook – Political Science


6.2 Recent Strike Experiences

“ CWA and the Verizon Strike”

“ The 1996 California Drywallers’ Strike”

  • Peter Olney, UC Berkeley – Institute for Labor and Employment

“ Resurrecting the Strike as Labor’s Primary Weapon”

“ Justice for Janitors in Los Angeles”

“ The Teamsters and UPS


6.3 Issues of Class Mobility

  • David Byrne, University of Durham (UK) – Sociology and Social Policy

“ A Middle Class Created by Social-Democracy: Middle-class People from Working-Class Backgrounds in Post-Industrial Industrial Britain”

  • Barbara Jensen, University of Minnesota – Center for Labor and Working Class Studies

“ Across the Great Divide: Cultural and Psychological Dynamics from the Working Class to the Middle Class”

“ Pass the Mustard: Contesting Class Relations in a Mixed-class Marriage”


6.4 Class and the Politics of Reform

  • Jefferson Cowie, Cornell University – School of Industrial and Labor Relations

“ The New Deal That Never Happened: Full Employment and the Politics of Class in the 1970s”

  • Donna Harrison, York University, Toronto – Sociology, graduate program

“Double Speak: Canadian State ‘Restructuring’ and the Demise of the West Coast Commercial Salmon Fleet”

“Class Discourse and the End of Reform”

“The Environment as a Class Issue”

  • Rachel Kreier, Chair,Stony Brook – Economics, graduate program


6.5 Pedagogy of Class - Interrelations of Class, Gender, and Race in Educational Sites: Historical, Ethnographic, and Narrative Analyses

“Transformative Literate Practice in Working Women’s Lives”

“Locating the Unspeakable Term”

“The Reading Wars in situ: Lived Hegemonies of Class, Race, and Gender”

“Diversity in the Multiversity”


6.6 Film – Stolen Childhoods: Child Labor in the Global Economy


7.0 Class, Race, and the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa

General Secretary, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)


8.1 Continuing to Build Working Class Studies

References