Straddling Class Borders

Renny Christopher once wrote that class is essentially invisible until we stand at the very point of crossing class borders.

I thought of this as I read this account of class as lived experience, from a young person home on spring break.

I can’t think of anything since Sennet and Cobb’s The Hidden Injuries of Class that has sought to capture the experiences of the parents of the upwardly-mobile, but it would seem that there are indeed stories to be told, even when such stories are lived as tales of personal pain and resentment.

2 thoughts on “Straddling Class Borders

  1. Aaron Schutz April 17, 2007 / 2:02 pm

    Hi, Jane. Have you read Lubrano’s _Limbo_? Does a really nice job of dealing with these issues.

  2. janevangalen April 18, 2007 / 11:23 am

    Hello, Aaron,

    Thanks for commenting.

    Yes, I’ve read Limbo. I’ve had some students read the book and tell me that they had no idea that their complicated relationships with family were attributable to anything other than the limitations of their parents. It’s pretty powerful when they realize that they’re experiencing a “public issue” and not just a “personal problem”.


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