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Civic Labors: Scholar Activism and Working-Class Studies

Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. Mckerley


Labor studies scholars and working-class historians have long worked at the crossroads of academia and activism. This book brings together a collection of essays that explore long-standing themes in labor history and working-class studies as well as contemporary struggles over the relationship between engagement, teaching, and scholarship. The book examines the challenges and opportunities for engaged scholarship in the United States and abroad. The chapters discuss how scholars' participation in current labor and social struggles guides their campus and community organizing, public history in ... More

Keywords: engaged scholarship, labor struggles, social struggles, research, social change, intellectual labor, collective action, movement building, activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040498
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dennis Deslippe, editor
Franklin and Marshall College

Eric Fure-Slocum, editor
St Olaf College

John W. Mckerley, editor
University of Iowa Labor Center

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Introduction Challenges of Engaged Scholarship and Teaching

Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. McKerley

Part I Encountering Conflict, Power, and Hope: On the Front Line

Chapter 2 Beyond Yeshiva

Ralph Scharnau

Part II Connecting Classrooms and Communities: Education, Outreach, and Engagement

Chapter 7 The Great Unspoken

James R. Barrett

Chapter 11 The Polk School

Emily E. LB. Twarog

Part III Bridging Scholarship and Activism: Paths of Engagement

Epilogue Carry It On!

David Montgomery