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Civic LaborsScholar Activism and Working-Class Studies$
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Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. Mckerley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040498

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.001.0001

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Challenges of Engaged Scholarship and Teaching

Challenges of Engaged Scholarship and Teaching

(p.1) Introduction Challenges of Engaged Scholarship and Teaching
Civic Labors

Dennis Deslippe

Eric Fure-Slocum

John W. McKerley

University of Illinois Press

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 was the product of a conference held in Iowa City in 2011 to honor labor historian Shelton Stromquist. The essays support the argument that scholar activism and engaged teaching are and should be pursued by more than a rarified and well-connected elite. The contributors recognize that class and conflict, the frictions of daily life, are central to engaged scholarship and teaching, and suggest the need to continue rethinking relationships between scholars, the university, and the wider world. This book demonstrates the many ways that scholars and teachers can be effective advocates when acting outside traditional definitions of their academic work. It consists of three sections that focus on developments in engaged scholarship that build on the legacies of E. P. Thompson, David Montgomery, and their contemporaries.

Keywords:   labor history, working-class studies, engaged teaching, engaged scholarship, Shelton Stromquist, scholar activism, class, conflict, E. P. Thompson, David Montgomery

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