Getting Past Class Stereotypes

April 17, 2008

I’m not interested in using this space to debate the merits of the presidential candidates, but I have a strong interest in dispelling stereotypes based on class.

I was interested, then, in Larry Bartels’ column in today’s NYT.   Bartels, the director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton, writes, for example, that:

It is true that American voters attach significantly more weight to social issues than they did 20 years ago. It is also true that church attendance has become a stronger predictor of voting behavior. But both of those changes are concentrated primarily among people who are affluent and well educated, not among the working class.

While so many of us have been gratified by the more open and frank discussions about race that have been generated by this campaign, I wonder: what it will take to get to more informed deliberations about class?

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2 Responses to “Getting Past Class Stereotypes”

  1. Jacqueline S. Homan Says:

    There is another book that may be of interest to you:
    “Classism FOr Dimwits”, which is available through Barnes & Noble (the physical store can get any book that is offered through its online store), Amazon.com, and Target.com.


  2. I’ve been examining my own class prejudices and assumptions. I think real dialogue is WAY overdue.


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