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Class Unknown : Undercover Investigations of American Work and Poverty from the Progressive Era to the Present.

Author: Mark Pittenger
Publisher: New York : NYU Press, 2012.
Series: Culture, labor, history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since the Gilded Age, social scientists, middle-class reformers, and writers have left the comforts of their offices to "pass" as steel workers, coal miners, assembly-line laborers, waitresses, hoboes, and other working and poor people in an attempt to gain a fuller and more authentic understanding of the lives of the working class and the poor. In this first, sweeping study of undercover investigations of work and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Pittenger
ISBN: 9780814724293 0814724299
OCLC Number: 811491987
Description: 1 online resource (288 pages).
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I.A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE: CONSTRUCTING THE UNDERCLASS IN PROGRESSIVE AMERICA, 1890-1920; 1. Writing Class in a World of Difference; PART II. BETWEEN THE WARS, 1920-1941; 2. Vagabondage and Efficiency: The 1920s; 3. Finding Facts: The Great Depression, from the Bottom Up; PART III. THE DECLINING SIGNIFICANCE OF CLASS, 1941-1961; 4. War and Peace, Class and Culture; 5. Crossing New Lines: From Gentleman's Agreement to Black Like Me; PART IV. CONCLUSION; 6. Finding the Line in Postmodern America, 1960-2010; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H. IJ; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; About the Author.
Series Title: Culture, labor, history.

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Since the Gilded Age, social scientists, middle-class reformers, and writers have left the comforts of their offices to "pass" as steel workers, coal miners, assembly-line laborers, waitresses, hoboes, and other working and poor people in an attempt to gain a fuller and more authentic understanding of the lives of the working class and the poor. In this first, sweeping study of undercover investigations of work and poverty in America, award-winning historian Mark Pittenger examines how intellectuals were shaped by their experiences with the poor, and how despite their sympathy toward.

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