Against the Grain

Blue-Collar Cosmopolitanism

Intellectualism and cosmopolitanism aren’t things typically associated with working-class people and communities. But James Barrett has investigated, and unearthed, highly literate and often quite radical working-class cultures, cultures in which people read widely, engaged in group discussions, and in some cases traveled a great deal.

James Barrett, History from the Bottom Up and the Inside Out: Ethnicity, Race, and Identity in Working-Class History Duke University Press, 2017


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