Recommended Resources on Issues of Class

by Patricia Romney, Ph.D.


Keynote Speaker, NYSAIS Diversity Conference

Class is NOT Dismissed

April 12th, 2007





Class Matters

Interactive Website that explores issues of class by, author of the new book “Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists”


The Class Action

Non-profit organization that raises consciousness about the issues of class. Provides extensive list of resources.


New York Times Special Series on Class

Series that explores issues of class in the US. Includes articles on education, marriage, health, immigration as well as interactive graphics.


United for a Fair Economy

Non-profit organization that raises awareness about the ways in which concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart.





Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W.,  Castaneda, C., Zuniga, X., Peters, M., Hackman, H.  (2000).  Readings for diversity and social justice : An anthology on racism, sexism, anti-semitism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism.  New York:  Routledge.

***Through a mix of short personal and theoretical essays, explores six thematic issues such as racism, sexism, Anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism and ableism.


Adams, M., Bell, L.A., Griffin, P. (1997). Teachings for diversity and social justice. New York:  Routledge

***Explores ways of teaching and facilitating about thematic issues such as racism, sexism, anti-semitism, heterosexism, classism and ableism.

Bettie, J. (2003). Women without class: Girls, race, and identity. Berkeley: University of CA Press.       *** Examination of White and Mexican-American girls coming of age in California's Central Valley and the ways class gets constructed when it intersects with color, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

Bourdieu, P. (1984) Distinction: a Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

***France’s leading sociologist explores the ways ones’ clothing, furniture, leisure activities, dinner menus for guests are a matter of choice related to social class meaning.


Collins, C. & Yeskel, F. (2005).  Economic apartheid in America: A primer on economic inequality and insecurity.  The New Press.

*** Explores the causes and manifestations of income and wealth disparities in the United States


Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. New York: Metropolitan.

***Best-selling book about the invisible working class.


hooks, bell. Where We Stand: Class Matters. New York: Routledge, 2000.

**Personal narrative on the interaction of race and class


Kozol, J. (1992). Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. New York: Harperperennia.

***Narrative that dramatizes the inequality of opportunity that exists in America’s schools.


Leondar-Wright, B. (2005).   Class matters:  Cross-class alliances. Building for middle-class activists.  New Society Publishers.

*** A guide to building bridges across class lines and collaborating more effectively in mixed-class social change efforts.


Low, S. (2003).  Behind the gates:  Life, security, and the pursuit of happiness in fortress America. New York, NY:  Routledge.

*** First hand account of life in gated communities in Long Island, New York and San Antonio, Texas. Explores residents’ fears around safety and a growing ethnic America.


Michaels, W.B. (2006). The trouble with diversity: How we learned to love identity and ignore equality. New York, NY: Metropolitan Books.

*** Believes that the focus on diversity reinforces ideas of racial essentialism and ignores the difference between the rich and poor.  The growth of economic inequality is based on unchallenged class structure.


Sittenfeld, C. (2005).  Prep: A Novel.  New York: Random House Trade.

*** A coming of age story about Lee Fiora, A South Bend, Indiana teenager who wins a scholarship to the prestigious Ault school, a prestigious East coast institution.






People Like Us:  Social Class in America

***Documentary that explores various aspects of class in the US.


Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class

***Explores the narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows.


Off-Track: Classroom Privelege for All

***Addresses the issue of “tracking”, or the practice of segregating students based on “ability”. Explores the ways this practice reproduces social, class and race inequalities.