Working Class Academics

Last week, The Chronicle published a poignant essay by Thomas Benton, a working-class academic who feels, at times, like a “class traitor” in his work at an expensive private college.

The article spurred excellent discussion among Dave, a sociologist; Wes a musician who wrote here and here; and Nathan, another musician, all of whom reflect on their own working class roots and their current work.

The life stories told in the posts and in comments that follow each are well worth a careful read.

2 thoughts on “Working Class Academics

  1. Nathan November 13, 2007 / 5:15 am


    Thanks so much for stopping by. You gave some great food for thought. I look forward to reading your books.

  2. Dave P. November 14, 2007 / 5:21 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks much for the comment and the link. I’m glad to find your blog, I’ll look forward to reading it from now on.

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