Book 84 of Year 2017 – “White working class” by Joan C. Williams

Official Title – White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America

Genre – Non Fiction

Book Length – 192 pages

Reading Time – 3 hours

Style/ Plot – Joan writes about the various reasons the American White working class demographic feel alienated especially in the wake of the 2016 elections.

She defines who the working class is (US citizens earning less than $20,000 per annum). The aim of this book was to ‘broaden the conversation of identity to include class’.

I particularly enjoyed reading the chapter “Why Does the Working Class Resent Professionals but Admire the Rich?”. It reminded me of Tom Nichols’ book “The death of expertise” where he explained why the general populace distrusts experts.

As this was quite a short book, there was a lot of information provided but not necessarily a way forward to tacking the clashes across the different demographics.

Favourite Quote – “The working class…want respect for the lives they’ve built through unrelenting hard work.”

Rating – 3/5


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