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- Description2013 Notable Title in American Intellectual History from the Society for U.S. Intellectual History Since the Gilded Age, social scientists, middle-class reformers, and writers have left the comforts of their offices to pass as steel workers, coal miners, assembly-line laborers, waitresses, hoboes, and other working and poor people in an attempt to gain a fuller and more authentic understanding of the lives of the working class and the poor. In this first, sweeping study of undercover investigations of work and poverty in America, award-winning historian Mark Pittenger examines how intellectuals were shaped by their experiences with the poor, and how despite their sympathy toward working-class people, they unintentionally helped to develop the contemporary concept of a degraded and other American underclass. While contributing to our understanding of the history of American social thought, Class Unkwn offers a new perspective on contemporary debates over how we understand and represent our own society and its class divisions.
- Author BiographyMark Pittenger is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of American Socialists and Evolutionary Thought, 1870 - 1920.
- Author(s)Mark Pittenger
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication13/08/2012
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleCulture, Labor, History
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight404 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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