Concerning Eschewing Ivies and Raising Working-Class Heroes

Wealthy People Agitated by Real Estate Trend

How Americans Think About Fairness and the Economy

Concerning Public Assistance, Shame, and Healthy Eating

From a website I was surprised to find myself perusing, since it’s called “Christ and Pop Culture” (neither of which interests me greatly), here is an interesting first-person account of trying to use WIC vouchers at Whole Foods (spoiler: you can’t).

When Life Bites You In The Class: Around the World, in Oakland, and on Campus

14 Years Old and Trying to Survive in Three of Cincinnati’s Roughest Neighborhoods

Reporter Krista Ramsey and photographer Cara Owsley have a really terrific feature in the Cincinnati Enquirer looking at 14 different 14-year-olds living in three of Cincinnati’s roughest neighborhoods. Nearly all of them have witnessed or experienced violence. Some have stolen to feed their families. And some, at 14, are holding on to the hope that the future will be a better place.

“They Don’t Look Homeless”

Is First-Hand Experience Necessary to Understand Poverty?

Telling Stories About Appalachia: An Interview With Adam Booth About Poverty Culture and Storytelling

Adam Booth is a native Appalachian and professional storyteller who teaches Appalachian Studies at Shepherd University in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. This spring, I saw him speak at a session on new Appalachian stereotypes at Marshall University, where he discussed moving away from the pop-cultural barefoot-and-pregnant image, and into a reclamation of traditional practices and crafts like canning, foraging, square dancing, and quilting. Booth characterized the young people in their 20s and 30s who are doing much of this reclaiming as “Super Appalachians” who make themselves vessels for their cultural heritage. Immediately I knew who he was describing—and they reminded me of people I know in Brooklyn. I started thinking about the rising popularity of old-time culture in both urban and rural areas across the United States, and got in touch. We spoke by phone about Appalachian identity, the fetish for poverty culture, the popularity of story slams, and the coal economy.

Okay But Who Is to Blame for All This Inequality?

According to Pew Research, most Americans (65%) agree that the gap between the poor and the rich has grown in the past decade, but they do not agree on why.

The Class Politics of Donating Your Eggs

Whew, Moira Donegan has a doozy of an essay over at the New Inquiry, whose issue this month is all about MONEY. In “Over Easy” Donegan talks about the work that goes into egg donation and the taboo of acknowledging the financial incentives for doing it. The matching process often brings together wealthy couples with women who, when ideal candidates, are often the financially struggling, aspirational versions of themselves.

How We Think About Class

While everyone agreed in principle that it is generally not desirable to judge people based on their appearance, we diverged on whether judging people based on apparent wealth is as bad as judging them based on, say, race.

Homeless Woman Arrested For Leaving Kids In Her Car During Job Interview

Well, this is very sad:

Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless. So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect. But when you’re homeless, there isn’t always an easy way to take an hour off from watching your kids to be at an interview. That’s how Taylor, 35, wound up losing her children to Child Protective Service — and losing out on the potential job.

The Working Class: Too Nice For Their Own Good?

David Graeber wrote a thing for the Guardian about how “caring too much” is the curse of the working class, who are generally nicer and more empathetic overall, mostly because they have to be.