Category Archives: Class

ClassCrits IV; Report-Back

Last weekend’s conference at American University Washington College of Law: “ClassCrits IV: Criminalizing Economic Inequality,” was a terrific success. Thanks to my fellow members of the organizing team, including Martha McCluskey (who took the lead role in assembling and re-assembling … Continue reading

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D.C. Residents Say Class Divides Them More than Race

By Lisa R. Pruitt The Washington Post reported a few days ago on a new poll of Washington, DC residents which found that “[m]ost District residents–black and white–see socioeconomic class, not race, as the primary source of a stark divide … Continue reading

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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 country.  An interactive map is available here, permitting you to see the percentage of lawmakers … Continue reading

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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 Killing that Fanned Class Rancor,” which reports the … Continue reading

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Elitism and Education (Part V): Wasted Human Capital

By Lisa R. Pruitt A story alternately headlined “Top Colleges Overlook Low-Income Students” and “Top Colleges, Largely for the Elite,” is currently the most emailed item on NYT.com, about 24 hours after the New York Times published it.  In it, … Continue reading

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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 progressives need not choose between advocating mobility (the upward variety!) and advocating … Continue reading

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Class Warfare Comes out of the Closet

By Lisa R. Pruitt David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s former budget director, published an op-ed in the New York Times last month, “The Bipartisan March to Fiscal Madness.” Stockman begins: It is obvious that the nation’s desperate fiscal condition requires higher … Continue reading

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