ClassCrits VI is set for November 15-16, 2013 in Los Angeles. The theme is Stuck in Forward: Debt, Austerity and the Possibilities of the Political. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Akhil Gupta of...

Commenting on the commentary about "Accidental Racist"

By Lisa R. Pruitt 

I don't watch TV or follow much pop culture, and most of the country music I occasionally listen to is on old albums by the likes of Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Martina McBride...

Imploring the Ivy League to Attend to Rural Strivers

By Lisa R. Pruitt

One of the most e-mailed items in the New York Times for the past day or so has been Claire Vaye Watkins “The Ivy League Was Another Planet.” (The alternative...

Call for Papers: ClassCrits VI

This year's ClassCrits meeting will be at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, November 15-16.  The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is fast approaching:  March 20, 2013.

The call...

The Devastating Disconnect Between Rich and Poor

Posted by Lisa R. Pruitt

The Occupy Wall Street movement has recently drawn national attention to economic inequality, and several new studies and a book just published also invite us to...

Remembering Joe Bageant: Class Migrant, Class Warrior

By Lisa R. Pruitt

Americans like to think they live in a society unstratified by class, a society of equal opportunity, where the American dream survives.  Joe Bageant, a journalist turned...

Under-educated State Legislatures? (Part I): Do They Explain Funding Cuts to Higher Education?

By Lisa R. Pruitt

The Chronicle of Higher Education this week released data summarizing the tertiary education (or lack thereof) of state legislators across the...

Downsides to Class Privilege? Hardly a Trend

By Lisa R. Pruitt

Two recent news reports from very different parts of the world shared this theme: Affluence can have its drawbacks.

The first story was Michael Wines, “Execution in a...

False Dichotomies of Class (Part II): Material versus Cultural

By Lisa R. Pruitt

I responded last month to Martha McCluskey’s ClassCrits post, “Class as a Category of Vulnerability and Inequality.” In that initial response, I asserted that...

Elitism and Education (Part IV): Admission Office Bias Against Rural Students?

By Lisa R. Pruitt

In a prior post about Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford’s book, No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal:  Race and Class in...