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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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“The Soul Puts Together Its Pieces”

“The Soul Puts Together Its Pieces”

Lessons from the Casino Floor

(p.226) Chapter 14 “The Soul Puts Together Its Pieces”
Civic Labors

Susan Chandler

University of Illinois Press

In this chapter, the author discusses the research that went into her book, Casino Women, in light of the legacy of labor historians David Montgomery and Shelton Stromquist, as well as her quandary about whether to become an academic or remain an activist. Her background as an activist spurred her desire to do work like Casino Women—which examines the grassroots organizing efforts of the Culinary Union in Las Vegas. She also reflects on the relationship between her years of activism and her scholarship, especially in the production of Casino Women. The author concludes that engaged scholarship has great benefits, both professionally and personally. She was able to raise issues important to her state and share her research with her students, but the engagement her research involved also meant that she was living a happier and committed life.

Keywords:   research, Casino Women, David Montgomery, Shelton Stromquist, grassroots organizing, Culinary Union, Las Vegas, activism, engaged scholarship

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