[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Re: A Dying Town - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jeffrey Masko j.alan.masko at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 11:55:45 MST 2020


 A lot of work is coming out of the experiences of working-class folks in
higher ed...again Tasha Rennels is prominent. This addresses the
stereotypes of working-class rural identities, rather than reifying them.

"From the Trailer Park to the Ivory Tower and Somewhere in Between: A
Critical Autoethnography of Class Performativity in Academe Tasha R.
Rennels Department of Communication University of South Florida

Abstract
Many academics hail from working-class backgrounds but there often is
reluctance to reveal this information within the ivory tower—a space
notoriously associated with privilege. This essay continues the work of
unconventional scholars who yearn to debunk the common assumption that the
academy is a space of middle-class homogeneity. Instead of denying my
working-class identity, as I have done for the past decade, I embrace it. I
share how the stigma of being a working-class woman in a presumed
middle-class space is lived, felt, and managed via class performativity. My
hope is that the stories I write provide a space of resistance for those in
academe, specifically graduate students, who may not have the resources
live up to its middle-class expectations. The larger this space can become,
the greater potential there is for members of the academic community to
accept and make a way for those with limited means.
Keywords: critical autoethnography, class, passing, performance, academia"

On Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 10:48 AM Jeffrey Masko <j.alan.masko at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Yes, loads of work. Here is just a glance at some of the entries from my
> google scholar library:
>
> *Taking Out the Trash: Using Critical Autoethnography to Challenge
> Representations of White Working-Class People in Popular Culture
> <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tasha_Dunn/publication/287646329_Taking_Out_the_Trash_Using_Critical_Autoethnography_to_Challenge_Representations_of_White_Working-Class_People_in_Popular_Culture/links/598136234585150575ba1f89/Taking-Out-the-Trash-Using-Critical-Autoethnography-to-Challenge-Representations-of-White-Working-Class-People-in-Popular-Culture.pdf#page=359>*
>
> TR *Rennels* - The Popular Culture Studies Journal, 2015 -
> researchgate.net
>
> We live in the Taj Mahal of the trailer park. Mom feeds this lie to her
> new friend, Laura, who
> is visiting our home for the first time. I cringe and run to my room, my
> sanctuary from
> embarrassment and the strains of adolescence. Seventeen has not been easy.
> As I slide the …
>
> Cited by 3
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cites=4147191051702250604&as_sdt=2005&sciodt=0,5&hl=en> Related
> articles
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=related:bCxk7EnIjTkJ:scholar.google.com/&scioq=rennels&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&scilib=1> All
> 6 versions
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=4147191051702250604&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&scilib=1>
>
> [PDF] usf.edu
> <https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6964&context=etd>
>
> *“You Better Redneckognize”: White Working-Class People and Reality
> Television <https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/5766/>*
>
> TR *Rennels* - 2015 - scholarcommons.usf.edu
>
> This project documents the complex and interwoven relationship between
> mediated
> representations and lived experiences of white working-class people—a task
> inspired by the
> author's experiences growing up in a white working-class family and
> neighborhood and how …
>
> Cited by 3
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cites=6357573256910840831&as_sdt=2005&sciodt=0,5&hl=en> Related
> articles
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=related:_6OxezGjOlgJ:scholar.google.com/&scioq=rennels&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&scilib=1> All
> 2 versions
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=6357573256910840831&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&scilib=1>
>
> *Illegitimate subjects?: abject whites, neoliberal modernisation, and
> middle-class multiculturalism
> <https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1068/d237t>*
>
> C Haylett - Environment and planning D: society and space, 2001 -
> journals.sagepub.com
>
> … The specifically middle-*class*-based *whiteness* of the discourse, and
> the *working*-*class*-based
> *whiteness* of those cultures and subjectivities that are its target,
> provide a starting point for
> the analysis of welfare `modernisation' as a culturalist discourse …
>
>
>
> *[HTML] Whiteness in the Backwoods: Critical Media Literacy, Reality TV
> and Hick-Hop Music
> <https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/criticalmedialiteracy/2018/2018/14/>*
>
> WM Reynolds, B Porfilio, D Ligocki - 2018 -
> digitalcommons.georgiasouthern …
>
> … done on *whiteness* over the last decades (Kincheloe & Steinberg, 2000;
> Sleeter, 2016 & Matias,
> 2016). During the 2016 presidential election, white *rural* identity
> became one of the cornerstones
> of Donald Trump's campaign. Although the embrace of white *working*
> *class* was for …
>
> *Who's afraid of rural poverty? The story behind America's invisible poor
> <https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ajes.12149>*
>
> L Gurley - American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 2016 - Wiley
> Online Library
>
> … Pruitt grew up in *working*‐*class* *rural* Newton County in the Ozarks
> of northwest Arkansas.
> Pruitt (2015) says that one important misconception about *rural* poverty
> is that it is an exclusively
> white problem … We tend to associate *rural* poverty with *whiteness* …
>
> Cited by 12
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cites=14417792174940574287&as_sdt=2005&sciodt=0,5&hl=en> Related
> articles
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=related:T1K9KJhJFsgJ:scholar.google.com/&scioq=working+class+whiteness+rural&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_ylo=2016> All
> 5 versions
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=14417792174940574287&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_ylo=2016>
>
> *[BOOK] Neoliberal Transformations of" White Masculinity" in Cinematic
> Media-1970-2015
> <http://search.proquest.com/openview/d931ec7d62b5942e6f0f7cbfe3f83f50/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y>*
>
> JA *Masko* - 2017 - search.proquest.com
>
> This dissertation looks at three US film cycles from the last 40
> years--the Cowboy Trucker in
> the 1970s, the Brom-com from 1990s-2010, and Alaska-based reality
> television shows from
> the late 2000s and into the present cable reality television era--to
> connect them to neoliberal …
>
> Related articles
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=related:IpWAEgaeMggJ:scholar.google.com/&scioq=masko+neoliberalism&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5> All
> 2 versions
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=590708250056365346&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5>
>
> *[BOOK] White folks: Race and identity in rural America
> <https://content.taylorfrancis.com/books/download?dac=C2016-0-31385-5&isbn=9781351719094&format=googlePreviewPdf>*
>
> TJ Lensmire - 2017 - content.taylorfrancis.com
>
> … Impose whatever images or storylines onto this small town and its people
> that you must. *Rural*,
> isolated—yes … Love and theft: Blackface minstrelsy and the American
> *working* *class* … Contradictions
> of power and identity: *Whiteness* studies and the call of teacher
> education …
>
> Cited by 32
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cites=7647826424020699205&as_sdt=2005&sciodt=0,5&hl=en> Related
> articles
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=related:RYiZ25yJImoJ:scholar.google.com/&scioq=working+class+whiteness+rural&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_ylo=2016> All
> 5 versions
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=7647826424020699205&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_ylo=2016>
>
> [PDF] transreads.org
> <https://transreads.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-07-12_5d29182e082c6_racemasculinityandruraltransgendermen.pdf>
>
> *White folks: race and identity in rural America
> <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2018.1499949>*
>
> A Durham - 2019 - Taylor & Francis
>
> … to the field of race and ethnicity is unmasking the interiority of
> *whiteness* – as a … Disneyfied stories
> of *rural* America cannot white out the dark history that continues to …
> pundits profess audiences
> still need to know to understand why white *working*-*class*
> Midwesterners harbour rage …
>
> *Reckoning with the “Redneck”: Duck Dynasty and the Boundaries of Morally
> Appropriate Whiteness
> <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1041794X.2018.1472797>*
>
> HW Holladay
> <https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=4PE-OYMAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra> -
> Southern Communication Journal, 2018 - Taylor & Francis
>
> … Tour fans know that their social origins, their lifestyle, their
> attitudes and their tastes are not
> accepted by the higher social and cultural *classes*… they also know that
> they can likely never
> acquire the … (p. 277) Indeed, this representation of *rural*, *working*-
> *class* *whiteness* points to …
>
> Cited by 1
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cites=10875503555266997757&as_sdt=2005&sciodt=0,5&hl=en> Related
> articles
> <https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=related:_e0v1dyM7ZYJ:scholar.google.com/&scioq=working+class+whiteness+rural&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_ylo=2016>
>
>
> One thing to note is that the idea of the white working class is being
> replaced the idea of working-class white folks fro reasons somewhat along
> the line of Benedict Anderson's imagined communities. See the Lisa Tilly
> article in the link:
>
>
> http://wildcatdispatches.org/2016/11/28/lisa-tilley-the-making-of-the-white-working-class-where-fascist-resurgence-meets-leftist-white-anxiety/
>
>
> jm
>


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J.A. Masko

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