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Growing up Working Class

Hidden Injuries and the Development of Angry White Men and Women

Authors: Gorman, Thomas J.

  • Presents a rich, engaging, and vulnerable personal narrative from an author who grew up in the milieu he seeks to investigate
  • Speaks to a timely topic - in the face of rising populism, white nationalism, and disenchantment with the status quo political order and a globalized, modernizing world
  • Engages with sociological and social-psychological theory and strengthened by census tract data, social media data, and the author's lifelong research on social class, education, families, and sports
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About this book

This enlightening auto-ethnography examines how social class (and other social institutions and structures) affect how people grow up. Primarily, the book investigates how American children and young adults are impacted by the "hidden injuries" of class, and offers a rich description of how these injuries manifest and curdle later in life. Thomas J. Gorman provides sociological explanations for the phenomenon of the so-called "angry white man," and engages with this phenomenon as it relates to the rise of recent populist political figures such as Donald J. Trump. He also examines how and why white working class people tend to lash out at the wrong social forces and support political action that works against their own interests. Finally, the book demonstrates the connections between working-class attitudes toward schooling, sports, politics, and economics.

About the authors

Thomas J. Gorman is Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College, The City University of New York, USA. 

Reviews

“Gorman’s book … is an autoethnography embedded in sociological theories and concepts (including Sennett and Cobb’s [1972] hidden injuries of class). The premise of this well-written book is simple: the author shows how sociology has allowed him to look back and understand what happened in his life. … Gorman gathered rich and differentiated material which comprises memories, informal interviews, social media hangouts, and biographical materials, such as a letter cited in full and a complete study program.” (Kamil Luczaj, Acta Sociologica, 2018)

“I didn’t write this book. I don’t know the author in the real world and we aren’t even from the same country, but after reading it I felt proud; very proud that someone like me has the bravery to write a book about their own class injuries. I say ‘bravery’ and I mean bravery—declaring yourself working class in the academy can be tricky, and becomes very tricky if you want to stay working class and be a ‘working class academic’—apparently an oxymoron, as someone told me that the words cancel each other out. I love this auto-ethnography—it speaks to me and with me. It taps into the anger and real rage within working class communities, and not just white working class communities. Sociologists have an important role in unraveling and being critical of how pain, anger, and injury relating to class inequality expand into every space.” (Lisa McKenzie, Sociology Fellow at the London School of Economics, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gorman, Thomas J.

    Pages 1-40

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  • Where Does the Concrete End? The Local Context of the Hidden Injuries of Class

    Gorman, Thomas J.

    Pages 41-70

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  • Education: The Hidden Injuries of Class Begin in Earnest

    Gorman, Thomas J.

    Pages 71-102

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  • Previous Research on Education and The Hidden Injuries of Class. My Educational Career Compared

    Gorman, Thomas J.

    Pages 103-141

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  • Friends, Girlfriends, and Sports: The Injuries Escalate and Become Personal

    Gorman, Thomas J.

    Pages 143-180

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Buy this book

eBook 71,39 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58898-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 90,94 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58897-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Growing up Working Class
Book Subtitle
Hidden Injuries and the Development of Angry White Men and Women
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58898-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58898-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58897-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 266
Topics