ERIC Number: ED406685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Class Isn't Just Something Students Attend (To).
As college teachers and graduate assistants cope with the everyday demands of their profession, they may not feel like members of an elite group. As members of the academy, however, they occupy a space that is in many ways quite privileged. They work with ideas rather than tools; they critique social structures rather than simply living them; and their closest friends have Ph.D.'s and are usually published authors, journal editors, and program directors. Some come to the academy from working and rural classes, classes whose values often actively critique and undermine the values of the university. Some aspects of a rural/working class orientation are at odds with that of a research university, such as: (1) an abhorrence of hypocrisy; (2) an emphasis on community, reciprocity, and inclusiveness; (3) a horror of being arrogant or exclusive; (4) the experience of being consistently misread; and (5) the use of self-deprecating humor. These class-related traits affect the job search in several ways, including topics pursued for a dissertation, jobs which are appealing, the way a person presents himself/herself, and how schools interpret applications. The more analyses of these intuitive class-based practices can be articulated and integrated alongside other, more traditionally valorized categories of critique, the more they can be understood as motivators of the personal and political practices of individuals, colleagues, and students. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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