Sherry Linkon is co-director of the Center for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University. Here she is talking about definitions of working class, class identity, and the experience of working class students in academia. she was speaking to the Working Class Student Union which is based at the University of Wisconsin.
I’ve embedded part two of the video clips of her talk, as she starts talking here about working class studies.
The videos clips of her talk can be found here at the Working Class Student Union YouTube page.
The Working Class Student Union sees working class as:-
‘…a term that encompasses individuals who come from a spectrum of backgrounds, with varied educational levels, occupations, income, and geographic origins. We see class as based on a combination of factors – what kind of work people do, how much they earn, their social and economic power, their education, lifestyle, and culture. We also recognize that class is closely related to race, gender, religion, and other social categories.’