Class for Dummies

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For Dummies

I think it relates back to that game one of the presentation groups played where if you had a quarter you could ask more questions than someone with a nickel. People with fewer options have to ask better questions.

LJ's picture

I think it relates back to

I think it relates back to that game one of the presentation groups played where if you had a quarter you could ask more questions than someone with a nickel. People with fewer options have to ask better questions.

LJ's picture

I think it relates back to

I think it relates back to that game one of the presentation groups played where if you had a quarter you could ask more questions than someone with a nickel. People with fewer options have to ask better questions.

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LJ, I appreciate your work

LJ,

I appreciate your work with the complexity of class here!  An issue that I find intriguing is the way you talk in some places about class as signified and perhaps determined by a web of external markers and yet you also talk about your own decision that you 'can claim' your class.  To what degree can we decide on how we identify ourselves in terms of class, and what might this claiming mean in our own understanding of self, others, our society?  (See Chandrea Peng's poster for a take on this self-naming.)  You make the link between cultural capital and money, and again, so complex; for example, when people bring their family/community cultural capital and then school intervenes with more/other kinds of cultural capital, how can individuals exercise agency with regard to who they are and what kinds of options they have?

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