- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; Morningside edition (April 15, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231053576
- ISBN-13: 978-0231053570
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning to Labor: How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs Morningside Edition
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As fresh and challenging as when it was first published, Learning to Labor remains the text to inspire and teach ethnographers, from whatever disciplines,who probe unsentimentally human agency in institutions, political economy, and within the general constraints of modernity. -- George E. Marcus
The unique contribution of this book is that it shows, with glittering clarity, how the rebellion of poor and working class kids against school authority prepares them for working class jobs.No American interested in education or in labor can afford not to read and study this book carefully. -- Stanley Aranowitz
About the Author
Paul Willis is Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, Birmingham University.
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For readers in the U.S., the absence of interest in upward mobility may seem self-defeating, and may be taken as evidence of family dysfunction. Oddly, however, the families studied by Willis seem supportive and warm; sons admire their fathers and have respect and affection for their mothers; fathers and mothers share their sons' alienation from schooling; and their reasons seem readily interpretable and in no way manifestations of family dysfunction.
The anti-authoritarian students embrace the ethos of masculinity and toughness that provides their occupationally devalued fathers with self-esteem. Sadly this way of valorizing a working class life assures that the British working class will remain suffused with pernicious sexism.
It's easy to romanticize Willis' working class rebels, and he sometimes makes this mistake. Whatever their attractive qualities, however, sexism, racism, and active derision toward same-aged students with a different mind-set are conspicuous characteristics of their way of life.
Perhaps the most troubling question for 21st century readers of Willis' book is what happens to working class students today? The factory floor is unoccupied. Working class jobs have been moved enmasse to third world countries to reduce labor costs. A well-defined social identity and lived culture have been destroyed. Again we see that whatever our position, nothing much is guaranteed. All this is part of the often very painful process of what DeBeauvoir called "disclosure of being in the world."
I read this book as I thought about the United States and the severe inequities in our own educational system. There are some very disturbing parallels, and though the study in the book is some years old, I would invite anyone interested in thinking about education in a democratic society to review this book as a starting point for discussion of today's issues.