"A gem of a book. Its topics are timely and provocative for cultural studies, sociology, English, literary theory, and education classes. The authors are brilliant thinkers and clear, penetrating writers." -Peter McLaren, UCLA, author of Capitalists and Conquerors: A Critical Pedagogy Against Empire Class in Culture demonstrates the power of moving beyond cultural politics to a deeper class critique of contemporary life. Making a persuasive case for class as the material logic of culture, the book is written in a double register of short critiques of life practices-from food and education to race, stem-cell research, and abortion-as well as sustained critiques of such theoretical discourses as ideology, consumption, globalization, and 9/11. Surpassing the orthodoxies of cultural studies, Class in Culture makes surprising connections among seemingly unrelated cultural events and practices and offers a groundbreaking and complex understanding of the contemporary world.
“A gem of a book. Its topics are timely and provocative for cultural studies, sociology, English, literary theory, and education classes. The authors are brilliant thinkers and clear, penetrating writers.”
—Peter McLaren, UCLA, author of Capitalists and Conquerors, A Critical Pedagogy Against Empire
The Public Theorist Acknowledgments PART I: All That Is Cultural Is Real-All That Is Real Is Cultural Chapter 1: Getting Class Out of Culture Chapter 2: Class Binaries and the Rise of Private Property PART II: Tracing Class Chapter 3: Class Is Chapter 4: Abu Ghraib and Class Erotics Chapter 5: Class and 9/11 Chapter 6: Eating Class Chapter 7: The Class Politics of "Values" and Stem-Cell Funding Chapter 8: Abortion Is a Class Matter Chapter 9: E-Education as a Class Technology Chapter 10: Gender after Class Chapter 11: The Class Logic of A Beautiful Mind PART III: Class Ecstasies of the Culture of Capitol Chapter 12: A "Potlatch of Signs"--Burning, Consuming, Wasting