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Reading groupBrighthelm Clifton
Reading groupBrighthelm Clifton

Who is the authentic working class?

Date
Sat 21.09.19
Timings
11am – 12:30pm

Is the ‘authentic working class’ a euphemism for white men? Should class ever be a cultural identity? How can we make class based struggles more inclusive?

The white working class experience is often exploited by politicians claiming to voice the ‘legitimate concerns of real people’ for electoral gain. Join the Left Book Club and Gargi Bhattacharyya for a participatory discussion on why we need to challenge an understanding of class that emphasizes cultural authenticity over inclusivity and material struggle.

Background reading:

Joe Kennedy, Authentocrats: Culture, Politics and the New Seriousness (Repeater 2018).

‘A Different Class: How autocrats get away with posing as authentocrats’ by Joe Kennedy (Article): https://bit.ly/2YXSX2h

‘In conversation with Joe Kennedy ‘ (Podcast): https://bit.ly/2KFQCQE

‘Regional Accent + Reactionary Politics = Working Class?’ by Ash Sarkar (Video): https://bit.ly/2ZhEVYy

‘Wages Against Housework’ by Silvia Federici (Essay): https://bit.ly/2TJb6uT

Speakers

Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. Her recent work includes Rethinking Racial Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018) and Crisis, austerity and everyday life (Palgrave, 2015).

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The Left Book Club is a political education initiative that seeks to encourage engagement with ideas that are crucial to the left. We want to help movements by building confidence in our understanding of important debates on the left, and we believe an important way of achieving this is by making sure our meetings are as participatory, accessible and inclusive as possible.

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