(ClassSpeak: One of a series of events held by a culture group called The Junction). Here's part of a short article by Valerie, the faciliator: "At this Speak, we were naming class reality in our lives. There are many ways to do this, we were doinga particular way which is pretty middle-class in format. This related to the meta-issue of how class is—the people who name something always bring their worldview bias to the naming, and it is the people with power who get to do the naming. We wanted to be aware of this as we were speaking." [February 2003.]

ClassSpeak (Feb 26, 2003) One of a series of events held by a culture group called The Junction.

Here's a short article by Valerie, the discussion faciliator:

workingpoor · owningclass · middleclass · bluecollar · whitecollar · pinkcollar
privelegedpoor · uppermiddleclass · rich · poor · wealthy · well-off

Questions we asked to encourage people to think about this issue:

Introductory "food-for-thought" that was raised at the beginning of the Speak:

Class is complicated in the US. We are supposedly a “classless society” unlike Britain where class is/was very pronounced, literally by accent. That is not so true here.

What determines class in the US? It's a complicated matrix of factors, some of which include:

At this Speak, we were naming class reality in our lives. There are many ways to do this, we were doing a particular way which is pretty middle-class in format. This related to the meta-issue of how class is—the people who name something always bring their worldview bias to the naming, and it is the people with power who get to do the naming. We wanted to be aware of this as we were speaking.

 

Class Speak

Where class and community interconnect: Class can affect how we make decisions as a community and as individuals within a community, yet this is often unexamined. How does our class reality as a group and members of the community affect how we think and act as we share resources with 100 people?

Books on class:

Where we stand: class matters
by bell hooks

Queerly Classed: Gay Men and Lesbians write about Class
edited by Susan Raffo